Grammy Award-winning rock band Switchfoot has made the shocking announcement that Jerome Fontamillas has been diagnosed with cancer.
As Switchfoot prepares for the release of their next album, Native Tongue, frontman Jon Foreman penned a note to their fans on Thursday revealing the news about Fontamillas.
“I got a call from Jerome a few weeks ago. He was calling with sobering news: he has cancer. One of Jerome’s kidneys has a large mass on it that has been growing for quite some time. The good news is that the cancer has not spread to his other organs,” Foreman revealed.
Removing Fontamillas’ kidney is expected to be all that’s needed to rid the cancer from his body, he added.
The surgery is scheduled for the end of the month and Foreman says his longtime bandmate is still in “good spirits” despite the diagnosis. Fontamillas requested that Foreman share the news with their longtime supporters.
“We hope that many of you will join us in praying for Jerome and his family during this difficult season,” Foreman asked and then shared a message directly from Fontamillas.
“I wanted to tell this community firsthand what is going on. It’s hard to think about being on the sidelines while we release this album. But the songs have meant so much to me, even through this experience,” Fontamillas wrote. “We’ve been through so much as a band. This is just one more mountain to climb, one more storm to weather. I know we’ll get to the other side. And I look forward to having more reasons to be thankful when all of this is behind us.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law