Former Team Canada goalie Chris Sanderson has taken a turn for the worse in his battle with cancer, according to his CaringBridge.com website. The legendary lacrosse figure has been battling brain cancer for three and a half years, amazingly winning a silver medal with Canada at the FIL World Championships in 2010 in England after being diagnosed with cancer in late 2008.
His wife Brogann wrote on Chris’ journal on Monday under the title “Time to Say Goodbye”: “It is impossible to predict how long Chris has to live, but I can tell you that he is deteriorating quickly.” She wrote that he is back home from the hospital at her mother’s house and Hospice has been arranged. It’s a heart-wrenching journal entry, and ILIndoor and Inside Lacrosse give our thoughts and prayers to the extended Sanderson family.
Sanderson is best known for backstopping Canada to the gold medal at the 2006 World Championships in London, Ont. The two-time Final Four participant at the University of Virginia also played and coached in the National Lacrosse League, most recently serving as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Wings.
Here’s a great video piece from CBC during the 2010 World Championships. And here’s Chris’ interview with Inside Lacrosse’s Terry Foy after the 2010 games:
For more on Chris’ story and how to donate to support him and his family, click here.
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