Sparrow Castle wrote:This makes me so sad, Jack's been through so much this year.
Van Berg still training as he battles cancerMore: http://www.drf.com/news/van-berg-still- ... les-cancerHall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg recently underwent surgery for cancer of his inner jaw but continues to train a stable that will move to Oaklawn Park in Arkansas shortly after the Churchill Downs fall meet ends Nov. 26.
Van Berg, 81, was diagnosed earlier this year with squamous cell carcinoma and underwent a second surgery Oct. 31 in Little Rock, Ark., in an attempt to eradicate the disease, said Van Berg’s son and assistant, Tom.
“Unfortunately, the latest operation failed to remove all of the affected cells,” said the younger Van Berg. “He has a scar from his ear to his Adam’s apple. He has another appointment Tuesday in Little Rock to see how best to proceed. The doctors are saying that at his age, chemotherapy and radiation are not options.”
Sorry to hear this news. I had a chance to talk with him a few years back when he came to Hazel Park for the resurrection of our TB meet after a 30+ year absence, in 2014.
He signed his book for me, "JACK, From Grit to Glory", and answered some questions I had about Gate Dancer and that noise reduction head gear that he sported. Extraordinarily nice man. Mr. Van Berg is a tough guy and I wish him the best.