MLS had a sobering announcement Saturday as commissioner Don Garber has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
The prognosis is positive, fortunately, as comprehensive tests show the cancer has not spread. Doctors expect a full recovery. Garber will continue to manage the league during treatment. He will eventually undergo surgery at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City.
Here is a statement from Garber in the news release:
“Obviously no one wants to hear that they have cancer. However, I am being treated by exceptional doctors at two of the top hospitals in the world and am confident, as are they, that the prostate cancer will be successfully treated, with a full recovery. I plan on keeping a normal schedule and will continue managing the league and Soccer United Marketing during my course of treatment. With the support of my family, friends, colleagues and doctors, I am feeling very strong, energized and extremely focused.
“Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. It will affect one in seven men during their lifetime. I hope through my experience that I will be able to create awareness of prostate cancer and encourage men to get regular testing, the surest way to ensure a successful outcome for those who get the disease.”