Art Wilson, veteran columnist and Assistant Sports Editor with the
San Gabriel Valley News Group (Pasadena Star-News, San Gabriel Valley
Tribune and Whittier Daily News) reports that he’s on the mend after
battling a form of leukemia for almost one year.
“My doctors have told me I’m cancer-free,” said Wilson, who fell
ill covering last year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill
Downs. “My kidney function was greatly reduced as a result of the
cancer and that’s what got me in trouble. I’ve been undergoing a lot of
chemotherapy and dialysis and it’s been very tough but I’m now hoping to
be back covering the races at Santa Anita by January 1.
“I really want to thank my family and all of my friends at the
racetrack; they’ve been very supportive and it’s helped me get through
this. I started coming to the races with my dad when I was a little kid
and I can’t wait to get back.”
Wilson also noted that due to the fact his health has now
“stabilized,” he would soon be undergoing a bone marrow transplant at
UCLA, which he’s hoping will set him on the road to permanent recovery.