AFL world rallies around Sonja Hood after shock breast cancer reveal
The news about the North Melbourne president has sparked an outpouring of support.
The AFL world is rallying around Sonja Hood after the North Melbourne president revealed on Friday that she's been diagnosed with breast cancer. In a statement released on Friday, Hood announced the shock diagnosis but said she's expected to make a full recovery.
The statement said a lump was detected during a scheduled mammogram and a subsequent biopsy determined it would need to be removed. Hood said she will undergo surgery in the coming weeks.
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"The diagnosis was a bit of a shock after the lump was picked up in a routine mammogram - one that I nearly skipped," Dr Hood said in a club statement. "I'm shocked, angry, a bit scared, but more than all of that, I'm positive.
"I know that this is going to be OK. We've caught it early and we're not wasting any time in getting rid of it."
Hood took the opportunity to urge others to undergo routine medical checks. She added: “Aside from sending good vibes, there’s only one thing that I’m going to ask that you do – if you or someone in your life (Mum, Dad, partner, sibling, grandparent) should be having routine medical checks and they aren’t, nag them into going.
“At worst it’s half an hour they’ll never get back but you just don’t know when it might save a life.” Fans and commentators have been sending their well-wishes to Hood on social media.
Club legend David King tweeted: "It’s been a really shitty few years for the Kangas, but tonight footy takes a back seat as our thoughts are with the Pres Sonja Hood at this tough time. Know that the shinboner faithful are right behind you. Good luck."
It’s been a really shitty few years for the Kangas, but tonight footy takes a back seat as our thoughts are with the Pres, @Sonja_Hood at this tough time. Know that the shinboner faithful are right behind you. Good luck 💙🤍 #YouGotThis
— David King (@davidking34) February 3, 2023
North Melbourne president Dr Sonja Hood will undergo surgery in the coming weeks after recently being diagnosed with breast cancer.
This is such sad news, but Dr Hood is a fighter and I know she will come out of surgery stronger than ever! #fightcancer
— Boy Oh Boy Wowee (@EpicDonation) February 3, 2023
Thinking of you @Sonja_Hood ❤️
You'll beat this. Good luck!
— Mohammad Al-Khafaji (@Mo_Alkhafaji) February 3, 2023
Nothing but love for you, @Sonja_Hood.
Thank you for all you have done for our club but now is our time to support you. We know you’re as tough as Cunners but don’t forget there’s a huge Shinboner army behind you every step of the way. 💪🏼
See you back at Arden Street soon. 💙🤍 pic.twitter.com/pzl1KtIXqv
— maddie (@maddiemelb) February 3, 2023
We’re right behind you @Sonja_Hood best wishes for a full and speedy recovery 💙🤍💙🤍
— Hayden (@cashy_93) February 3, 2023
Sorry to hear this news Sonja, good luck and get well soon.
— urmoe (@urmoe) February 3, 2023
Best wishes to North Melbourne president Sonja Hood who has revealed she will have surgery after being diagnosed with breast cancer. She wrote in her letter to members: "My specialists expect a full recovery."
— peter ryan (@petryan) February 3, 2023
So bummed for @Sonja_Hood that is such awful news. Wishing you all the best and hoping for a speedy recovery. The whole shinboner community is behind you!!💙🤍
— Denholm Melrose (@DMelrose41) February 3, 2023
Tumultuous times at North Melbourne continue
Hood began her role as North Melbourne president in March last year and has overseen a tumultuous time at the club. It began with the sacking of Mark Noble and subsequent hiring of Alastair Clarkson, who then became embroiled in allegations of racism against former club Hawthorn.
Earlier this week, Kangaroos player Tarryn Thomas stepped away from the club following fresh allegations of mistreatment towards women. The new allegations reportedly involve threatening a woman.
The AFL's integrity unit informed the Kangaroos of the allegation on Wednesday afternoon, just hours after Hood released a statement referring to "serious and confronting allegations" against Thomas. "Tarryn Thomas will take time away from the club after the AFL's Integrity Unit informed North Melbourne of a new allegation of inappropriate behaviour," the Kangaroos said in a statement on Wednesday night.
"As detailed in the club's statement earlier on Wednesday, the club and Thomas made a commitment to co-operate fully in any investigation if new information was presented. In light of this new information, Thomas will remain away from the club while the AFL gathers further information about the allegations.
"In the meantime, Thomas will be expected to meet his obligations around his respectful behaviour training and education program, as outlined in club correspondence earlier today."
Last month Thomas was charged with threatening to distribute an intimate image. In a separate incident, he was stopped by police when driving with a suspended licence during the Christmas break.
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