Lyle’s battle with leukaemia is on again
Jarrod Lyle is a fighter and a good one at that.
What started as a suspected spider bite on his arm two weeks ago in the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico has turned his world upside down.
Jarrod Lyle (Credit: Anthony Powter)
The mark on Lyle’s arm did not respond to the antibiotic treatment and he continued to experience severe pain. A fortnight ago he withdrew from the Honda Classic and returned to see his specialist.
As a precaution blood work was done and the shocking discovery was made.
Lyle is again fighting for his life after a recurrence of acute myeloid leukaemia. The timing of the discovery couldn’t have been worse.
On the weekend Lyle’s wife, Briony, entered Shepparaton hospital for their first child to be induced and the 30-year-old Lyle was there.
He will then head to Melbourne to resume chemotherapy treatment, which is expected to last four months, and there are fears Lyle might never play golf again.
The news has shocked the tight community on tour.
Over the weekend Ricky Fowler was wearing an inscribed “JL” on the side of his distinctive Puma cap at the WGC Cadillac Championship at Doral in Florida.
Robert Allenby has been open about his grief for a close personal friend.
“It’s just so, so sad,” Allenby tweeted.
It was in the middle of last week that news of the recurrence of Lyle’s leukaemia was first released by Allenby when he twitted on Wednesday: “My heart goes out to my mate, great golfer Jarrod Lyle, new baby coming tomorrow & big fight at Cancer again.”
Word spread fast, the level of encouragement for Lyle has been overwhelming.
In 1999, during Lyle’s first fight with cancer, Allenby forged a close bond with his golfing mate, witnessing first-hard the strength and character of Lyle.
From there the two have united to raise awareness and bring some comfort to those affected with the disease under the Challenge organisation, which supports kids with cancer.
Lyle is an ambassador for Challenge and Allenby as its patron has helped raise around $20 million in funding for the organisation through an annual charity golf day in Melbourne over the past 20 years.
In a statement, Allenby said: “It was through Challenge that I first met Jarrod and witnessed first-hand the strength of character of this talented and gracious young man as he experienced the pain, fear and hard work of fighting cancer. My thoughts and prayers are with my mate and his wife Briony. I know he can beat this. I’ve seen it before and I’ll see it again.”
Lyle’s manager Tony Bouffler said Lyle was in good spirits and elated about the birth.
“He’s of good country stock and pretty resilient,” Bouffler said.
“He’s really excited about the baby.”
Bouffler said the leukaemia treatment was “overwhelming” and Lyle would have struggled physically to be at the birth if his wife had gone full-term.
Lusi Joy entered the world Saturday morning bright and bubbly.
Knowing Lyle, the new family member will be the inspiration and strength to see him through the challenges ahead.
Lyle is the true Aussie warrior, a classic example of determination and self-belief.
He has beaten this disease before and our thoughts are with him as he begins the fight of his life – again.