Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle has made the decision to stop his treatment for acute myeloid leukaemia and will go home to spend time with his family.
The 36-year-old, who has fought off cancer twice since his teens, has endured a third bout after it returned in July last year.
Lyle’s wife Briony wrote on Facebook last night that: “My heart breaks as I type this message. Earlier today Jarrod made the decision to stop active treatment and begin palliative care.
“He has given everything that he’s got to give, and his poor body cannot take anymore. We’ll be taking him closer to home in the next couple of days so he can finally leave the hospital.”
The father of two began his professional golfing career in 2004, with a top 4 finish in his first professional event, the NSW Open, having recovered from his first bout of cancer at age 17.
He would go on to spend four years on the PGA Tour from 2007 to 2011, winning the Mexican Open and Knoxville Open in 2008, then in March 2012 he returned to Australia for the birth of his first child, and was diagnosed with a relapse of leukaemia.
Following its remission in 2013, Lyle made an emotional return to golf at the 2013 Talisker Masters at Royal Melbourne.
Then the leukaemia returned in July 2017. Briony has documented his latest fight against the disease on social media since then.
“Jarrod knows he is loved, and the thousands of prayers and well wishes that have been sent his way have kept him going through some incredibly tough times,” she wrote.
“But he has reached his limit, and the docs have finally agreed that they can no longer strive for a positive outcome.”
Former World No. 1 Ernie Els is among those to send their thoughts and prayers.
Just heard the news about Jarrod Lyle. Life is very precious and you have been so strong. We are thinking and praying for you and your family now more than ever. – Ernie, Liezl, Samantha and Ben
— Ernie Els (@TheBig_Easy) July 31, 2018
Fellow Australian, Jason Day, whose parents have had their own battles with cancer, which claimed the life of his father, said everyone loved Lyle.
“He’s such a good bloke. It’s not fair he’s going through this,” he said.
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