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Rising star Dean Stoneman diagnosed with testicular cancer
Young British talent with withdraws from motorsport
Posted Jan 21, 2011 by Weekend Round-Up
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There has been some sad news released today as it has been revealed that Dean Stoneman, one of the biggest rising talents in motorsport, has been forced to cut his career short after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.
The 20-year-old Briton is the current Formula Two champion and has tested with the Williams Formula One team at the end of last season. It had been hoped that he would one day follow in the footsteps of recent F1 champions Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.
A note posted on his website, www.deanstoneman.com, said today: “Specialists have made the diagnosis early and are confident that he will make a full recovery, with treatment scheduled to begin with immediate effect.
“Dean is determined to beat the illness and…is already looking at sporting heroes like Lance Armstrong for inspiration in a bid to get back on track as soon as possible.”
Cycling great Armstrong, beat testicular cancer that had also spread to his lungs and brain and he was given a 50-50 chance of survival. Armstrong not only beat the disease, he then returned to win his sports top prize a record seven times in succession.
It is this kind of inspiring story that Stoneman will have to look to and focus on and he faces the toughest battle of his young life.
I’m sure everyone in motorsport, and sport in general, will wish this talented young driver a full recovery and hope that he can inspire others similar to how Armstrong has.
Everyone involved with Imagine Sports is sending Dean their best wishes.