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This fall, Olympic silver medalist and five-time X Games champ Max Parrot wasn’t feeling good. He knew something was wrong.

“The first symptoms appeared when I started scratching my skin repeatedly in the fall, it started all the way back in September,” Parrot said in a statement he released. “And then, in November, I realized I had a bump on my neck, I had a swollen gland. I saw my family doctor and he sent me for a biopsy. I received the diagnosis a few days before Christmas, confirming that I had Hodgkin lymphoma.”

Parrot, a native of Quebec and one of snowboarding’s most innovative athletes, missed the Dew Tour in December to have the biopsy. He’ll obviously miss this season. He has a much bigger competition ahead of him.

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“The word cancer is scary, as is the treatment that comes with it,” Parrot said. “But I have great people around me, I have a lot of real positive energy with my family and my friends. My sponsors are also supporting me in this. I have an awesome medical team and I have all the confidence in the world in the work they are doing. My sport psychologist and my coach also help me make sure that my morale is good so that I can fight this as best I can.”

Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system. Depending on where patients are with the cancer in terms of stage, radiation and chemotherapy are both used to treat the disease. If a patient’s body doesn’t respond, doctors can use stem cell transplants as well. Both the Kansas City Chief’s Eric Berry and Pittsburgh Penguins star Mario Lemieux were diagnosed with the disease and made full recoveries to play again. Hodgkin’s is most common in young males in their early 20s or men in late adulthood (post 55).

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