Yesterday Mark Herzlich announced that he was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a form of bone cancer. Today we find out some more information. 

According to Herzlich’s father, Sandy, the cancer has not metastasized and “it has not spread beyond its initial source.” Which is some good news because “the recovery and success rate when the cancer hasn’t spread is much higher.”

The Boston Globe Online talks with a doctor who explains that “Ewing’s sarcoma is a form of bone cancer that strikes an estimated 250 people annually in the United States. “It shows up with an ache or a pain, occasionally with a lump or swelling that someone notices,” said Dr. David Harmon, a bone cancer specialist at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.”

“Patients with the disease typically undergo chemotherapy, ” Harmon said, and may also have surgery or radiation treatment. Chemotherapy, the doctor said, would significantly slow down an athlete for a matter of months or even a year. “Everybody does get chemotherapy,” Harmon said. “That’s the hard part for a young man trying to do anything athletic.”

Well Herzlich is no ordinary athelete. ACC Defensive Player of the year, monster linebacker, and one hell of a human being. And as one blogger put it “I hate to say it but… I feel bad for the cancer. It’s about to have it’s ass whooped by Herzy!”

Thanks to those who have emailed your words of encouragement. And if you too want to send Mark and his family something email me at:  

and I will make sure it gets to them. What do you think about the Herzlich ribbon?


Posted on 15th May, 2009

I’m thinking about Mark all the time! Where can I get one of those Ribbons?
Posted on 15th May, 2009

We are in the process of creating ribbons and bracelets for Mark Herzlich that will become available on in the coming weeks. We are all shocked by this news and thus a little unprepared. Thanks for your support.

Posted on 2nd June, 2009

I am writing a manuscript to promote awareness of adolescent and young adult cancer. On April 16, 2009 I spoke with a Boston Medical Oncologist and Pediatric Oncologist as she had diagnosed my son’s cancer in his femur as Ewing’s Sarcoma–Jeff, an all star hockey and baseball player (18 yrs old). Several questions included “any new drugs for Ewing’s? “There are many new drugs for sarcomas, she said….still in testing…IGFR Receptor Inhibitor, probably useful in 20% of Ewing’s cases. “Athlete’s and Ewing’s, any connection?” I also asked her.
John, BC goalie and good friend of Jeff has Jeff’s #12 on the side of his helmet as Jeff was his defensemen on the Metro Boston Select Team they played on before college. Boston Bruins became a huge support/part of his battle, Bruins PMC Team’s 4th year riding for Jeff. GOOD LUCK MARK! YOU’RE GOING TO BE ALRIGHT! I am at mid field in completing my book and will pray and follow your case with hope and pride in all that I’ve seen and read of you…….

Posted on 25th September, 2009

This is my tenth year as a Ewing's Sarcoma survivor. I had all the treatments including an autologous stem cell transplant.

I wish Mark all the best in this personal challenge that has fallen upon him.

Posted on 23rd October, 2009

Thank You for sharing your story,it bring hope in the lives of other who struggle with life's challenges. God Bless…….Go BC leave Notre Dame,a big goose egg on the scoreboard

Posted on 24th October, 2009

Mark, my husband was just diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma,in soft tissue, at 51, we have just finished the 2nd cycle of chemo. Doctors say he has at least 8 months of chemo then hopefully the tumor has shrunk enough to operate. We live in Roanoke,VA & saw the bc game against VT…so happy the Hokies raised the money for research. We would love to correspond with you. We know this disease can be beaten God willing.

Posted on 6th December, 2009

My 24 yr old Son Jeff has Osteosrcoma rt knee and femur. He was told there is a chance of reacurring cancer 20-30%, infection and additional surgeries if he keeps his leg. Also he would not beable to play sports, just walk possibly with a limp, bike ride, and swim.He is choosing amputation and wants to be done with it. We saw the interview from Sat night football game on 12/5 with Mark Herzlich and are wondering about a second opinion. Mark had surgery and will be playing football again. You can E-mail his parents at

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