Nicole Hazen, the wife of Diamondbacks typical supervisor Mike Hazen, died Thursday owing to problems related to a uncommon form of brain most cancers. She was 45.
Hazen was the mother of 4 boys, a passionate center faculty instructor and a devoted “baseball mom and spouse,” Mike Hazen claimed.
Through the summer season of 2020, just after she started to have seizures, she was identified to have an aggressive tumor in the entrance remaining portion of her mind. It ultimately was diagnosed as glioblastoma, an aggressive and incurable variety of cancer.
Even soon after starting to undertake surgical procedures and numerous solutions, she remained on as an English instructor at St. Francis Xavier in Phoenix as a result of the conclusion of 2021.
“That’s what drove her,” Mike Hazen claimed. “That’s who she was. She would do nearly anything for the young children and do nearly anything for her children. That’s how she lived her complete lifestyle is for the kids.”
Nicole was “just an completely treasured faculty member,” explained Ryan Watson, the principal at St. Francis Xavier.
“Just the amount of sheer toughness — mentally, bodily, emotionally, spiritually — just her toughness and her grit, that was the instance she needed to set for her pupils,” Watson stated. “It was unparalleled.”
Born and elevated in Cleveland, Nicole Marie Ferrara fulfilled Mike Hazen when he was functioning as an assistant farm director for the Indians. Immediately after the two were married, she stopped teaching when they had their to start with little one, and the family quickly moved to Boston when Mike took a placement with the Crimson Sox.
They had three additional small children all through their time in Boston, and after the spouse and children moved to Arizona in the slide of 2016, she eventually bought back again into educating, having a position at St. Francis Xavier, exactly where the Hazen boys went to faculty.
Mike reported baseball always was close to the heart of Nicole’s lifetime.
“She ate, slept and drank baseball with us the overall time,” he claimed. “These employment aren’t really work, they are existence, and she was correct there alongside with us, whether it was the kids’ baseball or mine.”
He mentioned even in latest times the mere mention of Diamondbacks ideal-hander Merrill Kelly’s dominant pitching performances would deliver a “huge smile to her encounter.”
“She cherished when I claimed that,” said Mike, who generally has been functioning remotely the past yr and a 50 %. “Even as she was acquiring sicker, if she was intended to be going to mattress, if the video game was nonetheless on, she would shoo me away. I’d say, ‘It’s 8:30. It’s late,’ and she would shoo me apart and say, ‘I’m not transferring until the sport is determined.’”
Mike said Nicole experienced a way of acquiring shut associations with people today, together with Diamondbacks players and their wives.
Right after her analysis, she founded the Nicole Hazen Fund for Hope, which was devoted to funding investigate and therapies to treat glioblastoma.
“Nicole was a beloved member of the D-Backs’ household, and we are saddened by her passing,” Diamondbacks proprietor Ken Kendrick and President Derrick Hall stated in a assertion. “Our feelings and prayers are with Mike, Charlie, John, Teddy, Sam and their full extended loved ones. Nicole will be remembered for her vibrance, kindness, and a gorgeous smile that could gentle up a space.
“Her preventing spirit was obvious in every single phase of her brave journey and in her initiatives to make an influence on research and remedy, while furnishing long term hope to those people who acquire a identical diagnosis. She will without end be remembered and honored.”
Mike stated Nicole “inspired the form of care” that his relatives has been obtaining from people today in the group.
“Just the random acts of kindness, she was so fortunate to have individuals that cared about her so a great deal,” Mike explained. “Even with me telling them no, men and women were still exhibiting up simply because they wanted to display her how a lot they loved her. I consider which is why we had been in a position to type of shift as a result of it a small little bit is mainly because of that continuous guidance. We’re quite lucky to have that. Not every person has that.”
She is survived by Mike and their 4 sons, Charlie, 16, John, 15, Teddy, 13, and Sam, 12.