White Sox Pitcher Reveals Lymphoma Diagnosis, NFL’s Charles White Dies of Cancer and More

From the cancer diagnoses of an MLB pitcher and star of Riverdance to First Lady Jill Biden’s recent carcinoma removal, here’s what’s happening in the cancer space this week.

A White Sox’s closing pitcher was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Liam Hendricks, the 33-year-old closing pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, announced that he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of blood cancer.

"Hearing the word ‘cancer’ came as a shock to my wife and I, as it does to millions of families each year. However, I am resolved to embrace the fight and overcome this new challenge with the same determination I have used when facing other obstacles in my life," Hendricks, an Australian native, wrote on Instagram.

The White Sox also posted on social media, supporting the athlete.

"Knowing everyone involved, especially Liam, we are optimistic he will pitch again for the White Sox as soon as viable. In the meantime, we all will do everything in our power to support our teammate and his family as they face this challenge, while also respecting their privacy."

NFL veteran and Heisman Trophy winner, Charles White, died of cancer.

Charles White, a running back who played for the Cleveland Browns and the Rams, and won the Heisman Trophy in 1979, died of cancer at the age of 64, according to a statement from his alma mater, USC.

“He was the toughest player I’ve ever coached,” said John Robinson, White’s former head coach at USC and with the Los Angeles Rams. “He was really unusual in that regard. He was a great player and just loved playing the game. Those are the things I remember the most. He was a really tough guy, and he was an extremely gifted athlete.

Evel Knievel’s son died of pancreatic cancer.

Robbie Knievel, son of the late daredevil Evel Knievel, died of pancreatic cancer. He was 60 years old.

"It was expected," his brother, Kelly Knievel, told CBS News, noting that Robbie — who was also known as "Kaptain Robbie Knievel” — was in hospice for three days. "He was in Reno with his three daughters by his side."

Robbie and his father were both known for their death-defying motorbike jumps. "He was a great daredevil," Kelly said. "If you look at his jumps, that's what he should be known for. It's what he loved doing."

First Lady Jill Biden’s removed skin lesions turned out to be basal cell carcinoma.

Last week, the physician to the president announced that First Lady Jill Biden was undergoing Mohs surgery to remove skin lesions on her face. After being removed and tested, it was discovered that two out of the three were basal cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer that tends to be non-aggressive and slow growing.

“All cancerous tissue was successfully removed, and the margins were clear of any residual skin cancer cells,” Dr. Kevon C. O’Connor, physician to the president, wrote in a statement. “We will monitor the area closely as it heals, but do not anticipate any more procedures will be needed.”

A 1990s supermodel died of breast cancer.

Tatjana Patitz, a model who rose to fame in the 1980s and 1990s alongside women like Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Linda Evangelista, died of breast cancer at the age of 56. Her agent, Corinne Nicolas, confirmed the news of her death.

"She was a compassionate soul, kind and generous of heart and an avid advocate of animal rights. One of the major causes she supported was the conservation of wild horses,” Nicolas wrote.

Riverdance star, Michael Flatley, was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer.

Michael Flatley, the Irish dancer behind Riverdance and Lord of the Dance, was diagnosed with cancer, according to an Instagram announcement.

“Michael Flatley has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. He has undergone surgery and is in the care of an excellent team of doctors,” his post read.

The 64-year-old did not announce what type of cancer he was being treated for, though in 2021, he told the public that he was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2003.

The parents of a 3-year-old patient with brain cancer threw their daughter a princess-themed early birthday party.

This summer, Adalyn McGuire of Brentwood, a 3-year-old Tennessee native, was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), an aggressive form of brain cancer. After her treatment ended in August, McGuire is out of treatment options, so her family decided to throw her a birthday party before her actual fourth birthday in March. Guests included Princesses Ana and Elsa, as well as Olaf from the movie, “Frozen.”

"We aren’t sure if she will make it to her fourth birthday, so we thought, let's have an early party," McGuire’s mother, Stephanie, said in an interview with “Today.”

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