Golf fans and professional golfers around the world have come together with heartfelt support for a 36-year-old, Australian golfer who has decided to cease cancer treatment.
Jarrod Lyle has made a very difficult decision. The professional athlete has been battling cancer for a long time. Lyle, 36, was first diagnosed in 1999 when he was just a teenager and this is his third time being diagnosed, according to CNN.
The acute myeloid leukemia resurfaced just last year; the news led him down a spiraling downturn in the most recent weeks. He has decided to stop treatment and enter into palliative care.
"Palliative care is care given to improve the quality of life of patients who have a serious or life-threatening disease, such as cancer," according to the National Cancer Institute. Palliative care also offers to treat or prevent the symptoms and side effects of the disease and keeps the patient comfortable.
"My heart breaks as I type this message. Earlier today Jarrod made the decision to stop active treatment and begin palliative care," his wife Briony wrote on Facebook Wednesday.
"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."
The father of two has two young daughters. His wife said that Lyle "has reached his limit," and physicians "have finally agreed that they can no longer strive for a positive outcome."
In 2013, Lyle beat cancer the second time and was able to return to his love of golf. He played professionally in Australia and on the PGA Tour. He reached his career high during this time at 142nd in the world.
Thousands of golfers have shared their support for Lyle and his broken-hearted family.
Briony continued saying that her "focus as of today is on our girls and doing whatever I can to get them through the challenges ahead." We are asking our readers to pray for these young girls and Briony as they prepare to lose an important man in their lives.