Jan Tischhauser - update

11 December 2013 17:48
Jan Tischhauser in Soelden 2012
Jan Tischhauser in Soelden 2012 -
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This was supposed to be the 21st and last season for Jan Tischhauser, 63, as FIS Race Director for the ladies speed events before he retires from the position. But life does not always go to plan and one week before the World Cup Opening in Sölden, Jan was diagnosed with leukaemia. Consequently Jan is unable to undertake his role out on the courses this season and his absence and expertise is felt by his FIS colleagues, the teams, coaches and Organisers alike. News of Jan's illness has reached many persons and he would like to update everyone about his situation.

Jan is being treated at the division of Hematology in the University Hospital Zurich by the team of Professor Manz. He explained: "There are many different forms of leukemia and Mr Tischhauser is affected by a form that is called acute lymphoblastic leukemia. This disease is characterised by a rapid occurrence and severe illness with fatal outcome when left untreated. However, the good news is that it is curable in many patients upon modern, intensive therapy over several months, sometimes even requiring transplantation of blood forming stem cells (formerly called bone marrow transplantation). Thus far the therapy is going very well with good reduction of the leukemia. Meanwhile he is even able to spend time between treatments at home with his caring family."

In Jan's own words: "It is a very difficult situation to deal with, instead of fighting against bad weather, changeable environment and so on, working with the teams, coaches and organisers, my battle will be an even more difficult one on my road to health. But I have accepted this situation and I'm ready to fight against this new enemy!"

We are sure you will join us in wishing Jan all possible strength and courage during his treatment and we look forward to seeing him back to fitness at the FIS Congress in Barcelona next spring.