Frontman Jon Foreman shares news of Fontamillas' cancer diagnosis
Posted: December 20, 2018, 5:00 PM | Category:General Artist Tags: Switchfoot Source: Staff Reports CL
Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman shared a letter via social media this morning, informing fans of some "sobering news" concerning band member Jerome Fontamillas. "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. Removing one of his kidneys will hopefully be the first and final cure for Jerome's fight with cancer. The surgeons and the medical team have been incredibly accommodating, making sure that the surgery was scheduled as soon as possible," Jon shared.
"At the end of the month, Jerome will undergo surgery. He is making the best out of a hard situation. He's in good spirits and is facing all of this bravely, (with his signature smile and laughter intact!). He wanted me to reach out to the beautiful community that has supported our band in the highs and lows to inform all of you of the situation. We hope that many of you will join us in praying for Jerome and his family during this difficult season. I'm always blown away by the incredible community that sings these songs with us. Time and time again you will find ways to encourage, strengthen, and rally around the folks that need it the most," Foreman concluded.
The letter wrapped up with a note from Jerome: "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. 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. We will give you an update when we have news to tell you. Thanks again for years of love and support. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you, we look forward to telling you some good news in the near future."