Australian pro golfer Jarrod Lyle is only 36-years-old, but his days on this earth are now numbered as he has decided to go into palliative care after fighting his third battle with leukemia.
Since his wife Briony updated Lyle’s social media pages on Tuesday night with the news, the golfing world has been in a sad state of shock as she had been posting about Jarrod’s health in the past, but this news hit hard.
“This will be the final post on Jarrod’s page. Earlier today we started palliative care for him as his body is no longer able to fight. We will take him closer to home to be near his girls. He has put up a courageous fight and he is surrounded by love #fuckcancer,” read his latest post.
Lyle, who won two tournaments on the 2008 Nationwide Tour, was first diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia at the age of 17. He was later diagnosed with a recurrence of the disease in March 2012. And in July of 2017, Lyle began treatment for a third time.
Briony wrote on Facebook that this time it was just too much.
“My heart breaks as I type this message. Earlier today Jarrod made the decision to stop active treatment and begin palliative care. He has given everything that he’s got to give, and his poor body cannot take anymore. We’ll be taking him closer to home in the next couple of days so he can finally leave the hospital.
There is simply not enough time to get this message out to everyone individually, so for some of our really close friends and family I cannot apologise enough for breaking the news in this way. We have done our best to ‘control’ the narrative surrounding Jarrod’s illness and treatment, and as more and more people become involved in this final process I’m not sure how much longer this development will remain private.
Jarrod knows he is loved, and the thousands of prayers and well wishes that have been sent his way have kept him going through some incredibly tough times. But he has reached his limit, and the docs have finally agreed that they can no longer strive for a positive outcome.
My focus as of today is on our girls and doing whatever I can to get them through the challenges ahead. Jarrod will be closer to them very soon, and will spend as much time as he can with them.
When it’s appropriate, I will post details of a memorial service. In the meantime we ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time.”
Many in and around the world of golf have expressed their admiration and condolences.
A GoFuneMe has been set up for Lyle to help “provide a ”Hole-In-One’ for his girls, Lusi and Jemma and their future education. Anyone can donate here.