Fred Francis diagnosed with cancer
An undated photo of Windsor city councillor Fred Francis. ( photo courtesy of Fred Francis / Facebook )
A Windsor city councillor has announced he has been diagnosed with cancer.
Ward 1 councillor Fred Francis released a statement on his Facebook page stating "I was diagnosed with a type of cancer called, Nodular Sclerosis Hodgkin's Lymphoma."
Francis, 38, says his diagnosis comes with a "very positive prognosis" and he is prepared to undergo treatment.
Francis adds he will continue to work on city council to the best of his ability.
Fred Francis is the brother of former mayor Eddie Francis, whose wife Michelle Prince passed away from cancer in November at the age of 46.
Here is the full statement from Fred Francis:
I have some personal information to share.
Over the past few weeks, I have been experiencing a pain in my chest and generally not feeling all that well. During the holidays, I underwent a number of tests and scans to determine the cause and on December 31st, I was diagnosed with a type of cancer called, Nodular Sclerosis Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
As terrifying as cancer is, I am prepared to undergo treatment knowing that many others in our community have faced a similar challenge. I am also reassured by the amazing care provided by our local doctors, nurses, care providers and Cancer Centre team.
Fortunately, for me, my cancer diagnosis comes with a very positive prognosis and outcome, unlike many who find themselves in a similar terrifying circumstance.
I will continue to perform my City Council duties and responsibilities to the best of my ability, but want to thank you all in advance for your patience and understanding, as it will be several months before I am back to my regular pace.
Cancer does not discriminate! That is something I learned during my sister-in-law Michelle Prince's cancer journey. With Michelle's passing our family was supported by the heartwarming generosity and comfort of our community and we are so very grateful.
Now, I begin my own unique cancer journey and I am determined to show the same dignity, strength and positive spirit that Michelle demonstrated during hers.
I will be sure to provide further updates throughout this journey.