Appropriately titled “My Hero”, Robert Allenby has penned a touching and heartfelt message to his friend Jarrod Lyle, who earlier this week posted to Facebook (via his wife) that he had made the decision to stop active treatment and begin palliative care. Jarrod is fighting leukaemia for the third time in his life. Allenby explains that the two met because he was Jarrod’s hero, now, the relationship is the opposite:
“It’s hard to think right now. My mind has been so bloody clouded these last few days. All the emotions. I haven’t been myself for quite a while.
But here’s what I do know: in life, you don’t have too many top quality friends – ones you can trust, ones you can call upon. You can count them on one hand.
Jarrod’s on that hand for me. There’s a bond and a trust that I will cherish forever.
I love him like a brother and count myself fortunate that I have had him in my life for this long.
He’s a top bloke and an inspiration to millions. He is loved and admired all around the world.
I hope he is pain-free and at peace.
He is, and will always be, my hero.
Players at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, including Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, sported yellow ribbons in recognition of Lyle during the tournament this week. The entire golfing world is upset by the news, and we wish Jarrod all the best.
To read the full article (which is well worth the time) click here.
However, for now, here are a couple more touching lines from the piece:
“What I would come to realise over time is that Jarrod possesses a determination, grit and inner strength unlike anybody I’ve met in my life. His will to survive and smash the odds is incredible. I draw strength just from being around him.”
“He has a huge heart and has touched many, many lives. His character, his charisma, his generosity, his humility and gratitude are beautiful. He embodies everything good about people.”