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Olympic Gold Medalist Inspires Cancer Patients Through Blog

Tuesday, August 19, 2008 General News J E 4
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BEIJING, Aug. 18 Dick Fosbury, gold medalist from the 1968Olympic Games in Mexico City and innovator of the high jump technique dubbedthe "Fosbury Flop," which revolutionized the sport and is now considered itsstandard, was stricken by cancer lymphoma in March. After undergoing surgery,radiation and chemotherapy treatment at the University of New Mexico CancerCenter, the State of New Mexico's Official Cancer Center based on the UNMcampus in Albuquerque, NM, Fosbury is currently attending the 2008 OlympicsGames in Beijing to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the "Fosbury Flop" andinspire cancer patients throughout the world.

Fosbury, along with help from his wife Robin Tomasi, is writing a blogbased on his experiences as a cancer patient at the Beijing Olympics. "I hopeto inspire and motivate cancer patients by sharing the unique experiences,joys and challenges I'm having at the 2008 Olympic Games through the eyes of aformer Olympian and cancer patient. I understand the issues they are facingand want to let them know that we are fighting the disease together," saidFosbury. "With the high jump finals on Tuesday, I have a lot to write aboutand share with my fellow patients and survivors at the UNM Cancer Center andaround the world."

"We have received a tremendous response to Dick's blog and the cancerpatients are really enjoying it," said Dr. Cheryl Willman, director and chiefexecutive officer of the UNM Cancer Center. "His experiences at the BeijingOlympics are really striking a chord with cancer patients, cancer survivorsand their families. Dick's honesty, openness and sincerity is inspiring hopeand understanding in cancer patients from around the world."

Fosbury is currently the president of the World Olympians Association, analumni group of former Olympic athletes, and a civil engineer in Ketchum,Idaho.

The University of New Mexico Cancer Center is one of the nation's 63premier National Cancer Institute (NCI)-Designated Cancer Centers, with thelargest team of cancer specialists and researchers in the state.

Fosbury's blog can be found at http://www.cancer.unm.edu.

SOURCE UNM Cancer Center
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