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Town Confirm Ablett Illness
Town Confirm Ablett Illness
Monday, 2nd Aug 2010 17:06

Town have confirmed that new coach Gary Ablett is in hospital receiving treatment for an illness, believed to be Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Ablett, who recently agreed a one-year deal with the Blues, was taken ill at the club's Playford Road training ground last week.

A Town statement reads: “Everyone at the club is devastated by the sudden onset of such a serious illness.

“Our thoughts are with Gary and his family and we would ask for the family to be given the privacy they require at this difficult time.”

Ablett, 44, played for both Merseyside clubs, who have released statements, Liverpool saying: "Everyone at the club would like to extend their best wishes to Gary and hopes that he makes a speedy recovery."

A spokesman for Everton added: "Gary has always been a popular figure at Goodison. Our thoughts are with Gary and his family at this time.”

TWTD adds its good wishes and will pass on any messages posted below or on last night's story to the club.

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Karlosfandangal added 17:12 - Aug 2
All the very best Gary
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TheSpecialOne added 17:19 - Aug 2
How very sad for all concerned.
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noitan added 17:21 - Aug 2
Very, very sad. Sure all supporters everywhere wish you a speedy recovery.
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SurreyITFC added 17:39 - Aug 2
Our thoughts are with you & your family. Hope you make a full & speedy recovery.
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robdaful added 17:45 - Aug 2
Hope you make a speedy recovery
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TractorBoy added 17:46 - Aug 2
Get well soon, horrible for anyone.
Puts life into perspective, its making the most of what we've got and just living it!
All the best Gary.
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hollywoodginge added 17:47 - Aug 2
Wishing you all the very best in ur battle ahead, get well soon
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Blue4life added 17:53 - Aug 2
Puts life and football all into prospective really. so sad to here. Best wishes
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Daleyitfc added 17:55 - Aug 2
This form of cancer does not come on quickly : if he has had it for a while (especially if he didn't know) he is up against it, I'm afraid. It killed Dale Roberts of course (and my own mother, which is how I know the disease profile).

Best of luck, Gary.
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Ipswich1984 added 17:59 - Aug 2
Get well soon Gary.

Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.
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sergeisays added 18:04 - Aug 2
GOD BLESS ya Gary you and your family
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purdue_blue added 18:06 - Aug 2
Daleyitfc - thanks for your cheerful comment!
Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma is not a single discrete type of cancer. It is a 'catch-all' term used to describe lymphomas that are not Hodgkin's lymphoma. They vary greatly in aggressiveness and location. Prognosis is dependent on the exact form that Gary has and at what stage it has been caught. Let's stay positive and wish him all the best in his battle and for his full recovery.
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h32 added 18:25 - Aug 2
What awful news - I am sure that everyone associated with ITFC will wish Gary a full and speedy recovery. Lets hope he's back on the training ground real soon.
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shefkuqi32 added 18:38 - Aug 2
Get well soon Gary, you have all our thoughts.

Lets just hope the players will get there arse into gear and show fight and passion for Gary at least.
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shefkuqi32 added 18:38 - Aug 2
Get well soon Gary, you have all our thoughts.

Lets just hope the players will get there arse into gear and show fight and passion for Gary at least.
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Paul_Knows added 18:42 - Aug 2
Come on boys, win on Saturday for Gary :) all the best, thoughts are with you and your family.
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el_nino added 18:50 - Aug 2
DaleyITFC- Non Hodgkins Lymphoma consists of 16 different conditions that have little in common with each other. They are grouped by their aggressiveness. Less aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphomas are compatible with a long survival while more aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphomas can be rapidly fatal without treatment. Without further narrowing, the label is of limited usefulness for patients or doctors.
Let's hope it is the less aggressive form that he is suffering from.
All the best for a speedy recovery Gary.
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Sindre94 added 18:57 - Aug 2
Get well soon Gary, all the best.
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Smithy added 19:09 - Aug 2
GET WELL SOON GARY
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Mark added 19:26 - Aug 2
Best wishes to Gary. It is terrible news but as others have posted there are different types of the disease and let us hope that the one Gary have is not one of the most aggressive. It does indeed put football into context.
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Hereford_Blue added 19:29 - Aug 2
We actually should be hoping it's an aggressive lymphoma; strange though it may be, rapidly growing cancers tend to be more sensitive to chemotherapy and therefore more amenable to cure than slower growing ones.

Regardless, all the best Gary, all the Town fans will be behind you.
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moomoosereni added 19:54 - Aug 2
All the best Gary, fingers crossed for a speedy recovery. Sincere best wishes to you and your family.
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tractaboy added 20:00 - Aug 2
Was shocked when i saw this on sky Sports earlier. All the best Gary, hope to see you back soon.
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marcusevans added 20:12 - Aug 2
Best of luck Gary. All at our club wish you a full and speedy recovery. If you require a recommendation then David Chow at the Royal Free Hospital Hampstead is one of the best in this field. Let's pray this has been caught early.
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Millsey added 20:26 - Aug 2
Wishing you all the best for a speedy recovery gary, and look forward to seeing you on the bench soon
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