Don Matthews to begin difficult off-field battle | | Official Site of the Canadian Football League

BEAVERTON, Or -- On behalf of former Head Coach Don Matthews, the Toronto Argonauts Football Club has issued the following statement:

“Many of my friends in the CFL have contacted me over the past few months to participate in events around the Canadian Football Hall of Fame induction and the 100th Grey Cup Festival.  Unfortunately, I will be unable to participate in any of these activities and I wanted to let Canadian Football League colleagues and fans know the reason why.

“My doctors have found cancer cells in my lymph nodes and are still trying to determine from where these cells originate.  It is early and I am still exploring my options and seeking medical advice.

“I’ve got this and I’m dealing with this.  But I want everyone to know I plan to fight like hell and I intend to be playing golf at this time next year.

“I wish everyone well as the 100th Grey Cup is celebrated and am sorry I will not be there with all of you as I focus, with my wife Stephanie, on my immediate battle off the field.”

Fan Comments
The Don will conquer as always, no doubt in my mind.
November 06, 2012 - 8:24pm
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THE DON you the man!! you put alouette football back in the city of montreal!! GOD BLESS and don't give up the good fight!!
November 05, 2012 - 11:02pm
Dear Mr. Mathews: You contribution to the Canadian game is immeasurable. As Founder of CFL Fans Fight Cancer, we dedicate our fundraising efforts at this years Grey Cup to your battle and all CFLer's past and present who've battled cancer. You're in our prayers and well wishes.
November 05, 2012 - 10:45pm
Dear Mr. Matthews, I am sorry to hear about your condition. I hope the doctors caught it early enough so that you continue living your life on your terms. My grandmother beat cancer twice, she lived to the ripe old age of 94. God bless.
November 05, 2012 - 2:54pm