LSU’s Greg Brooks diagnosed with rare form of brain cancer at 22 years old, family says

LSU safety Greg Brooks Jr. (3) looks on during the first half of an NCAA college football game...
LSU security Greg Brooks Jr. (3) seems to be on through the first half of an NCAA faculty soccer sport in opposition to Alabama in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022.(AP Picture/Tyler Kaufman, File)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB/Grey Information) – LSU security Greg Brooks Jr. has been recognized with a uncommon type of mind most cancers.

The LSU soccer staff shared the announcement on Wednesday together with Brooks’ household, Our Girl of the Lake Well being, and the varsity’s athletic division.

“The Brooks household, LSU Athletics, and Our Girl of the Lake Well being introduced right this moment that Greg Brooks Jr. has been recognized with a uncommon type of mind most cancers, medulloblastoma,” the announcement learn.

Final month, the household stated the 22-year-old had emergency surgical procedure to take away a big mind tumor.

“Docs efficiently eliminated the mass, and we’re awaiting biopsy outcomes,” the household assertion learn at the moment.

Representatives with Our Girl of the Lake Well being referred to as the surgical procedure in depth however stated Brooks has been working via it.

“For the final three weeks, Greg has been recovering from an intensive surgical procedure to take away a mind tumor that was situated between his cerebellum and brainstem,” stated Dr. Catherine O’Neal. “Greg’s speech and skill to speak has been impacted. He’s responsive and dealing each day with bodily remedy, however he’ll face months of intensive rehabilitation.”

Docs stated the surgical procedure was profitable in eradicating the tumor, and there’s no proof that the most cancers has unfold.

“As he begins rehab within the coming weeks, Greg’s household and care staff will decide a therapy plan with nationally acknowledged specialists on this particular type of mind most cancers,” O’Neal stated. “He has a protracted journey forward and can want the total help of our neighborhood behind him as he faces this battle.”

To assist cowl bills ensuing from his sickness, the Tiger Athletic Basis has launched the Greg Brooks Victory Fund.

“Greg is a fighter and a winner, and we consider wholeheartedly that he’ll conquer this battle with most cancers,” stated LSU President William F. Tate IV. “Victories are not often achieved alone, which is why we’re calling on followers from world wide to rally behind The Greg Brooks Victory Fund.”

Brooks is a graduate scholar from Harvey, Louisiana, and attended West Jefferson Excessive College. He performed three seasons at Arkansas, earlier than transferring to LSU earlier than the 2022 season.

He was one in all LSU’s prime leaders this 12 months and was named a staff captain earlier than the season started.

Through the Tigers’ preseason work in August, Brooks had missed observe time with what he described to be vertigo.

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