76ers support assistant coach as he fights cancer | Sports Daily
David Joerger will be away from the team while he undergoes chemotherapy for a form of cancer in his head and neck.
It was revealed over the weekend that the 76ers will be without assistant coach David Joerger for several weeks as he undergoes chemotherapy and radiation treatment to combat a form of cancer in his head and neck.
Joerger entered treatment two weeks ago and could be away from the team for a month or two. Before separating from the team, Joerger said he wants to use his platform to raise awareness and support the fight against cancer.
“Over the last few months, I learned the importance of self-evaluation and care, early detections and annual medical exams,” Joerger said in a statement. “I know I will beat this diagnosis with the help of my world-class medical team.”
Joerger shared the news with Sixers coach Doc Rivers eight weeks ago and later informed the team. Rivers, Tyrese Maxey, and others expressed support for Joerger and said they know he will win his fight with cancer.
“All of us have been touched,” Rivers said. “I guarantee you everyone in this room has been touched somewhere by cancer. My dad passed with it. So it’s just a tough disease.
“Fortunately for Dave, he’s on top of his health. It was detected early. And, again, he’s going to be fine.”
— Inquirer Sports Staff, @phillysport
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