Jarrod Lyle decides to stop cancer treatment: 'He has reached his limit'

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Jarrod Lyle decides to stop cancer treatment: 'He has reached his limit'

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Jarrod Lyle decides to stop cancer treatment: 'He has reached his limit'

Jarrod Lyle put up a courageous fight against acute myeloid leukemia, but on Tuesday, Lyle’s wife, Bri, announced that the 36-year-old former PGA Tour golfer has been placed in palliative care.

“My heart breaks as I type this message,” Bri Lyle wrote on Facebook. “Earlier today Jarrod made the decision to stop active treatment and begin palliative care. He has given everything that he’s got to give, and his poor body cannot take anymore. We’ll be taking him closer to home in the next couple of days so he can finally leave the hospital.”

Lyle was first diagnosed with leukemia as a teenager, but overcame the disease to earn his PGA Tour card for the first time in 2007. Lyle won twice on the Web.com Tour in 2008 and competed in 253 world-ranked events in his playing career. His cancer returned in 2012, but Lyle again beat the disease and returned to pro golf, where he competed in 42 tournaments, including 20 Tour events.

His last tournament was the Western Australia PGA Championship in May 2017, where he tied for 45th.

Lyle’s leukemia returned for a third time last year. He underwent a haploidentical transplant and stem cell therapy last December. However, in June, the Lyles announced that Jarrod had lost his vision, and that doctors were puzzled as to why.

“I realize no matter how bad it gets there is always that light at the end of the tunnel, and I’m looking for that light, and while I just can’t see it at the moment I know it is there,” Lyle said last year. “And I know I have to keep fighting to get there.”

But Lyle can’t fight anymore.

“Jarrod knows he is loved, and the thousands of prayers and well wishes that have been sent his way have kept him going through some incredibly tough times,” Bri Lyle said. “But he has reached his limit, and the docs have finally agreed that they can no longer strive for a positive outcome.

“My focus as of today is on our girls and doing whatever I can to get them through the challenges ahead. Jarrod will be closer to them very soon, and will spend as much time as he can with them.”

The Lyle family also asked for privacy during this tough time. They will announced memorial service details when appropriate.

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