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Weekly ‘overwhelmed’ with support for reporter facing leukaemia battle

Rick LaneA weekly newspaper has been “overwhelmed” with messages of support for a sports reporter who has been diagnosed with leukaemia.

Newark Advertiser journalist Rick Lane, left, who also covers news, is undergoing chemotherapy after being blood tests confirmed he has acute myeloid leukaemia.

According to the Advertiser, several football matches at both senior and junior levels in the Newark area have recently been dedicated to Rick and hopes for his full recovery.

It is hoped Rick will be well enough to return to work in around four months.

Posting on Facebook afer being admitted to Nottingham City Hospital, Rick said: “It’s been a whirlwind couple of days and it’s going to be a challenging, difficult couple of months.

“But I am going to fight and beat this illness in any way I can and I can’t wait to see you all soon.”

A report by the Advertiser on Rick’s condition said the paper has been “overwhelmed by messages of support” for him.

Editor Chris Prime said: “The response from the sporting community showed how highly Rick is regarded. All our thoughts are with Rick and his family at this time.”.

Tim Morriss and David Parker will be covering sport in Rick’s absence until he is ready to return to work.