Awful: Fran McCaffery Releases Statement Confirming That His 13 Year Old Son Has Cancer (UPDATE: Tumor is not cancerous)

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The Gazette- Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery released a statement Tuesday afternoon confirming his son, Patrick, has thyroid cancer and will undergo surgery next week.

Fran’s statement:

“Last week it was discovered that our son, Patrick, has a tumor on his thyroid. Patrick is currently undergoing tests and is scheduled to undergo surgery next Wednesday, March 19, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Once the mass is removed, additional tests will determine a further course of action. I was made aware of Patrick’s condition prior to traveling to East Lansing, Mich., last Wednesday. Margaret and I notified our players and staff of Patrick’s health issue after a biopsy was done on Monday (of this week). We appreciate your concern, and ask that you respect our family’s privacy as we address Patrick’s health.”


Awful, awful news.  Cancer is the fucking worst.  The details are few in this story other than his teenage son has thyroid cancer and is set to have surgery next week.  Thoughts go out to the whole McCaffery family and we all hope for a speedy recovery.  Get well soon, Patrick.  Hawkeye Nation is rooting for you.

UPDATE: So it turns out one of the local news outlets here got a little ahead of themselves when they reported that the tumor was cancerous.  The tumor is not cancerous and that’s a huge relief.  Cancer sucks and I couldn’t be happier that it turns out Patrick McCaffery doesn’t have it.  I wish Patrick a successful operation and a speedy recovery.