JOE GETS SET FOR BIGGEST BATTLE
ROCHDALE midfielder Joe Thompson has been diagnosed with cancer for a second time – but has vowed to beat it.
The 28-year-old overcame nodular sclerosing Hodgkin lymphoma three years ago while a Tranmere player and is determined to do the same back at his home-town club.
“I will fight this life hurdle with the same belief, courage and desire as my previous battle,” he said.
“The support shown to me since I discovered my illness has returned has been immense.
“I came back from a goal down before, not only to equalise, but to take the lead. This illness may have found an equaliser but the quest for me to get the winner starts today and I can assure you I will get the most important win of all time.”
Dale chairman Chris Dunphy said: “Joe has the full support of everyone at the club and we will do everything we can to help him beat this horrible disease for a second time.”
FIGHTER: Joe Thompson