Jarrod Lyle cancer battle: World rocked by heartbreaking news
THE world has been stunned after golf star Jarrod Lyle made a heartbreaking decision about his long battle with cancer.
news.com.auAugust 1, 201812:46pm
THE world has been rocked by the news golf star Jarrod Lyle has decided to end active treatment in his fight against cancer and begin palliative care.
Lyle’s wife Briony posted emotional messages on his Facebook and Instagram accounts where she said his “poor body cannot take any more”, informing people he would be leaving hospital and coming home to spend more time with his two daughters Lusi and Gemma as his battle with the terminal illness took a tragic turn.
The 36-year-old has been fighting a third battle with cancer since a recurrence of acute myeloid leukaemia last year and his condition has deteriorated recently as he partially lost his eyesight and had speech difficulties.
An emotional Adam Scott joined a chorus of Australian golfers sending heartfelt support to Lyle in the wake of the gut-wrenching development.
Speaking at Ohio’s Firestone Country Club ahead of the World Golf Championships- Bridgestone Invitational, former world No. 1 Scott said Lyle has been an inspiration for 20 years.
Lyle was first diagnosed with leukaemia as a teenager in 1999 and after beating it relapsed in 2012, but fought courageously to return to play professional golf in Australia and on the US Tour.
“I can’t imagine being in that position; it’s unthinkable,” Scott said. “He is one of the best blokes there is. Given all the difficulties he’s had since his late teens, he has lived the best life he could with the tough cards he has been dealt.
“He played such good golf while battling illness; he has been through it all.
“His positivity and general demeanour has been so good and so infectious on others. It’s a good way to think of how I should live my life.
“It shouldn’t have to have something like this to remember that’s what it’s all about.”
Former world No. Jason 1 Day said the news hit him hard given Day’s mother Dening was treated for lung cancer last year and his father Alvin died of stomach cancer when Day was young.
“It’s hard news to take and it is so unfortunate,” Day said. “It puts things in perspective. We are out here trying to compete but at the end of the day there is life and family we need to be there for.
“We all love Jarrod. He’s such a good bloke. It’s not fair he’s going through this.”
Three-time US Tour winner Marc Leishman was also emotional.
“I’m absolutely gutted for the whole family, Briony and the kids,” Leishman said. “It’s been a hard road for Jarrod for so long, and he has fought so hard.
“He has always been the life of the party. He is a larger than life character and an inspiration to so many of us.”
Sydney native and former Web.com Tour winner Ewan Porter said Lyle’s colourful personality was essential as the pair climbed the ranks of American golf together.
“I’m a better man for having Jarrod Lyle in my life,” Porter said. “At the Australian Open, he came into the commentary box and even then his spirits were so high.
“The way he has fought through such tumultuous times is such a huge credit to himself and his beautiful family.”
South African professional Ernie Els was among a host of golfers who expressed their heartache after the news, as did Hollywood icon Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, while rugby league and AFL stars Ashton Sims and Mitch Duncan also took to Twitter after they found out about the tragic update.
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
Jarrod Lyle update. We need a miracle for this great man please🙏🙏 https://t.co/ET18qD1TF2
— Greg Chalmers (@GregChalmersPGA) July 31, 2018
Heartbreaking news from a fellow professional who has fought so hard. Thoughts are with the Lyle family https://t.co/FKo4uM8cFO
— Chris Wood (@Chris3Wood) July 31, 2018
Thoughts with Jarrod, his family and friends ❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/vsRzVd0ju3
— Thomas Bjorn (@thomasbjorngolf) July 31, 2018
Life is precious and we all take it for granted too often – seeing the picture of @jarrodlylepga hugging his family with not long to live brought tears to my eyes. Peace be with you, you will be missed Jarrod x
— Luke Donald (@LukeDonald) July 31, 2018
Jarrod has fought with the heart of a lion, always with dignity and a smile surrounded by his loving family. We Love You…please rest peacefully knowing how inspirational and beloved you remain in all our hearts. https://t.co/DCR8rZEoN6
— Ian Baker-Finch (@IBFinchy) July 31, 2018
Absolutely devastating news about @jarrodlylepga he is a courageous fighter, incredible human being and a great friend and father. We are all with you buddy.
— Brendan Steele (@Brendan_Steele) July 31, 2018
Gut-wrenching news to wake up to. Sadly, the end is nigh. Send all your love to Jarrod, Briony & their sweet, sweet girls. #JarrodLyle to me is simply the face of courage. pic.twitter.com/cB32dP9B1h
— Luke Elvy (@Luke_Elvy) July 31, 2018
Thinking of Jarrod Lyle and his family today.
— John Duggan (@JohnDugganSport) July 31, 2018
Man this is a tough one.
Sending so much love, light and strength to Jarrod and his Lyle family. https://t.co/GOiT34HwuK
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) July 31, 2018
Shocking to wake up to such devestaring news regarding Jarrod Lyle. Simply heartbreaking.
— Mitch Duncan (@mitchduncan22) July 31, 2018
That’s really tough to hear & read Benny. Prayers up for the Lyle family. He’s been a brave man for a long time✊🏼
— Ashton Sims (@ashtonsims26) July 31, 2018
Broadcaster Andy Maher, who has previously interviewed Lyle during his cancer battle, tweeted: “Hearts are breaking at this news. Love to Bri, the girls and the big fella. It’s just not f***ing fair.”
BRIONY’S STATEMENT ON LYLE’S DECISION
“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.
There is simply not enough time to get this message out to everyone individually, so for some of our really close friends and family I cannot apologise enough for breaking the news in this way. We have done our best to ‘control’ the narrative surrounding Jarrod’s illness and treatment, and as more and more people become involved in this final process I’m not sure how much longer this development will remain private.
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. But he has reached his limit, and the docs have finally agreed that they can no longer strive for a positive outcome.
My focus as of today is on our girls and doing whatever I can to get them through the challenges ahead. Jarrod will be closer to them very soon, and will spend as much time as he can with them.
When it’s appropriate, I will post details of a memorial service. In the meantime we ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time.”
— with Evin Priest, AAP