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Posted by Stéphane on 2007/7/14 15:50:00 (4616 reads)

Michael Milton, Australian record holder and world's fastest skier with a disability announced he has been diagnosed with a cancer.

Any support would be greatly appreciated:

Any details are below.


Dear friends, supporters and sponsors,

Many of you will know that I recently pulled out of next month's cycling world champs due to ill health. Since then I have been diagnosed with oesophageal cancer, a particularly nasty type.

The statement below (embargoed until 2pm today) will be sent out to media but both Penni and I felt it was important to first advise those who have supported me throughout my career.

Thank you to all those who have already been so supportive, offering help wherever they can. We know the next six months or so will be tough and we are so glad of your friendship and love.

Feel free to email us but please don't expect a reply as we are busy trying to re-organise our lives and prepare for treatment which we hope will start next week.

All dealings with media are being handled by our friend Nicole Browne whose details appear at the bottom of the news release.

Thank you so much for your support.

Michael Milton



Thursday 12 July 2007: One of Australia's most successful sportsmen, Michael Milton, today announced he has been diagnosed with a squamous cell tumour in his oesophagus (oesophageal cancer).

"My first reaction on hearing I had cancer again was disappointment that I would not be able to achieve my goal of representing Australia in track cycling at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games," said Michael.

"However, I quickly realised there are a lot more important things in life than sport. My thoughts immediately turned to whether I will see the future birthdays of my 10 month old daughter Matilda.

"I've beaten serious cancer once already so I am confident I can do it again. However, it also means I have a pretty good idea of how tough my life will be as I go through the treatment - but I'm up for the fight."

The latest diagnosis came almost 25 years to the day after Milton was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) as a nine year old, which resulted in his left leg being amputated.

"While I am still undergoing tests, I expect treatment to start next week," said Michael.

"My partner Penni and I have great support from our families and our friends and also from my corporate sponsors and partners.

"At this difficult time, I ask that the media respect our family's privacy as we focus on my treatment and I focus on winning the rematch."

Milton competed in five winter Paralympic Games, winning 11 medals, including six gold. He is the fastest Australian skier ever and the world's fastest skier with a disability, having set a new record of 213.65km/hr in 2006.

Milton was scheduled to compete at the UCI Para-Cycling World Track Championships in France in August.
Further updates regarding Michael's progress may be periodically posted on his website www.michaelmilton.com


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