Friday, September 01, 2006

Jon Lester Has Cancer

22-year-old Red Sox starter Jon Lester has been diagnosed with cancer and will start treatment immediately:

Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester has been diagnosed with a treatable form lymph node cancer.

The Red Sox made the announcement on behalf of Lester's family shortly after 6 p.m. ET on Friday.

The specific condition is known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma, and Lester is expected to begin treatment within the coming week.

"Jon and his family wish to thank all those involved in his care at Massachusetts General Hospital," the family said through a statement. "Our gratitude also extends to the Red Sox organization, which has provided Jon and his family much needed support during this ordeal.

"We ask that you respect our need for privacy during this difficult time."

Lester, in his first Major League season, is 7-2 with a 4.76 ERA in 15 starts for the Red Sox.

Let's all pray he enjoys a speedy recovery.

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