The godfather of poker, Doyle "Texas Dolly" Brunson, posted on twitter yesterday that he has been diagnosed with a form of cancer, squamous cell carcinoma, which he described as 'a slow growth type'. Brunson, 79, has beaten cancer 3 times in the past and many believe that he will do it another time.
Many of his fans have posted in different forums (and twitter) to wish him the best of luck and a speedy recovery.
D33P: "all the best champ! take it down!"
InfiniteLoop: "Good luck legend! Amazing run at life. Hope it continues for a long time."
SW_Kaizer: "hope you have a speedy recovery Doyle, your a living legend in my book, GL"
seizureman18 "Cancer is drawing dead. Ship the pot to Doyle! GL"
ShortstackCat: "doyle is so badass I almost feel bad for the cancer"
Liv Boeree: "Sorry to hear that Doyle. You'll kick its ass in no time! Thinking of you x"
Brunson's cancer battle started 50 years ago
Brunson met his future wife, Louise, in 1960 and married her in August 1962. Louise became pregnant, but later that year, a tumor was discovered in Doyle's neck. When it was operated on, the surgeons found that the cancer had spread and declared it incurable. They felt that an operation would prolong his life long enough for him to see the birth of the baby, so they went ahead with it. After the operation, no trace of the cancer could be found. The doctors said that his recovery must have been a miracle, and Brunson has attributed his cure to the prayers of friends of his wife and their correspondence with Kathryn Kuhlman, a self-proclaimed Christian faith healer.