Thursday, 13 December 2007

Huskies Freshman Diagnosed with Testicular Cancer

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Saskatchewan Huskies 6'4" freshman Brennan Jarrett (pictured) who was diagnosed with testicular cancer in the early part of November. Needless to say, this was a bombshell dropped on the guy his teammates call "Beej" and his family, friends and teammates. Jarrett underwent surgery during the second week of November, after the Huskies weekend in Edmonton against the Alberta Golden Bears. He recently started chemotherapy treatments which will be ongoing for the next couple of months. The great news is that everyone is optimistic that he will make a complete recovery and being in outstanding shape should be helpful as he works to beat this. Without a doubt, this is a scary situation Jarrett is going through, especially being so young with no prior health concerns. Huskies assistant coach Nathan Schellenberg says that "Brennan’s attitude has been great. He seems determined to come back from this stronger than ever. One of his best attributes as a player is his toughness and that is definitely showing through during this experience as well". Jarrett appears determined to stay positive and be as helpful to his team as possible as Schelleberg explains: "Beej continues to be a big part of our team, supporting his teammates at practices and games". Jarrett was regarded as a solid recruit from Saskatoon Holy Cross High School and was expected to push for playing time in the rotation. However, Jarrett made tremendous progress in a short time and at the time of uncovering his condition, had moved into the Huskies starting lineup as a freshman. Jarrett is an Engineering student at the U of S. Please join me in extending thoughts and prayers to Brennan and we look forward to seeing him healthy and back in the Huskies lineup as soon as possible.

1 comment:

BBalldad said...

Mark, What a shock for the young man. His strength has shown itself to be inner also and I have no doubt he will win the battle.
I had felt sorry for myself and my son who had a stress fracture and could not play the first half.and Then I am reminded how few things are as important as having good health (and luck it seems). and how trivial most of our so called "problems" in life are until we face something like a life threatening illness.Thank you for this especially at Christmas. I trust Jarrett's family will be with him as we all will in spirit at least for the Christmas season.
Merry Christmas to all.