Scott Parker's pre-match conference ahead of Bristol City gave the Head Coach the chance to respond to the devastating news that David Brooks has been diagnosed with Stage II Hodgkin Lymphoma.
The football world was saddened and shocked yesterday to learn the news that David Brooks has been diagnosed with Stage II Hodgkin Lymphoma. Today’s pre-match conference ahead of the Cherries trip to Bristol City gave Head Coach Scott Parker the opportunity to respond to the news and provide the media with a strong message that “we will unite together around David”.
The 24-year-old made the announcement via his Twitter account, releasing a statement outlining the diagnosis and showing his gratitude towards medical professionals, the Welsh FA, AFC Bournemouth, and the vast amounts of support received.
The winger confirmed in his statement, as did Parker, that treatment will begin from next week. Hodgkin Lymphoma is described by the NHS as an “uncommon cancer that develops in the lymphatic system, which is a network of vessels and glands spread throughout your body.” Known to be a relatively aggressive cancer, it can spread quickly through the body. Despite this, it is one of the most easily treated cancers.
Responding to the news, Parker said “It is devastating news.”
“It has been a very tough week for David and his family. For the football club, his teammates, every member of staff and all his fans, I echo the words that it has been very difficult.
“Currently now, the main focus is putting in support mechanisms, showing him the strength and support that he’s going to need in the coming months.
“He is a loved member of the team and I see that very clearly.
“I have been here for 16 weeks and of course I have got to know David, but none other than some of these boys who have been with him for many years. There is real hurt and also what is jumping at me is that it is a group of people that want to support him through this next stage of his life."
He added: “We will unite together around David and give him the strength. Along with his own, because he is a strong boy, I have no doubt he will be back out there with us doing what he does best.
“David knows the fight in front of him, but I have no doubt that he comes out of this and we will be in a place where we are watching him on the field.”