March 1, 2024

Louisiana State College beginning security Greg Brooks Jr. has been identified with a uncommon type of mind most cancers, simply weeks after present process emergency surgical procedure to take away a tumor, his household and the college shared in a joint assertion Wednesday.

The 22-year-old senior was identified with medulloblastoma, a kind of mind most cancers that impacts between 350 and 500 folks within the U.S. annually. It impacts the cerebellum, part of the mind accountable for coordinating motion, stability and posture. 

Whereas sometimes present in kids, medulloblastoma can sometimes happen in adults as properly. Dr. Catherine O’Neal, chief medical officer at Our Girl of the Lake hospital, stated surgical procedure to take away the tumor was profitable and there is no proof the most cancers has unfold, however Brooks almost certainly will not be enjoying in one other soccer recreation anytime quickly. 

“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 mind stem,” O’Neal stated in a press release. “Greg’s speech and talent to speak has been impacted, and though he’s responsive and dealing day by day with bodily remedy, he’ll face months of intensive rehabilitation.” 

Brooks, who grew up close to New Orleans and was named a group captain this season, began 13 video games for the Tigers final season, intercepting two passes, forcing one fumble, and recording three tackles for losses. He performed within the group’s first two video games this season and recorded three tackles in every. 


LSU head coach Brian Kelly stated Brooks has the help of his household and teammates as he battles via this robust time.  

“Our program continues to hope and help Greg in his combat,” Kelly said on X. We ask that you just assist the Brooks household and help the fund as he continues within the journey forward.”  

The Tiger Athletic Affiliation has created The Greg Brooks Victory Fund to assist offset the prices associated to his remedy and care, together with drugs, remedy, journey and extra. 

O’Neal stated Brooks will start rehab within the coming weeks, and his household and care employees will seek the advice of with “nationally acknowledged specialists on this particular type of mind most cancers” to find out a remedy path ahead.

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