Gardner loses battle with liver cancer

Updated: November 30, 2003, 8:08 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- Lori Romeiro Gardner, the wife of former San Francisco Giants pitcher and current coach Mark Gardner, died at Stanford University Medical Center after a long battle with liver cancer, the team announced Sunday. She was 39.

Gardner, who died Friday, had undergone two liver transplants since being diagnosed with the disease in 1997. The Lemoore, Calif., native was a former All-America softball pitcher at Fresno State University. Mark Gardner retired from the Giants before the 2002 season.

"Lori and I felt the love and support of so many people in the Bay area during our battle with cancer over the last few years and it really meant a lot to us," Mark Gardner said.

The Gardners were active volunteers with the California Organ Donor Network and they and the Giants hosted Organ Donor Awareness Days at Pacific Bell Park each of the last four seasons.

"Lori and Mark have meant so much to the Giants over the years, sharing their spirit for life with everyone in the organization, both on and off the field," Giants General Manager Brian Sabean said.

She is survived by her husband and their two sons, Nicholas, 11, and Daniel, 9.

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