North Melbourne president Sonja Hood will make a welcome return to the football after being declared cancer free.
In an open letter published on the Kangaroos website, Hood said she had been given the all-clear from specialists after being diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year, and would attend the club’s marquee match against Carlton on Good Friday.
North Melbourne president Sonja Hood has announced she’s cancer-free.Credit:Getty Images
Hood underwent a mastectomy and tissue reconstruction following the club’s announcement of her diagnosis in February.
“Like many other women who have had breast cancer, I’ll be on medication for the next five to 10 years to reduce the chances of it coming back,” Hood wrote.
“It’s been a whirlwind. Although I’m overjoyed at the result, it’s been a couple of months I’d prefer not to repeat.
“I also know that if we hadn’t found it when we did, this could be a very different outcome. So please, if you need to go and get tested – do it.”
North’s Good Friday match doubles as a fundraiser for the Royal Children’s Hospital, with Carlton this year replacing the Western Bulldogs in the timeslot.
Hood was pivotal in luring master coach Alastair Clarkson to Arden Street after the club sacked David Noble in July.
The Kangaroos, who have taken out the past two wooden spoons, secured surprising victories against West Coast and Fremantle to open their season, and sit seventh with a 2-1 record.
They lost to Clarkson’s former club Hawthorn last weekend.
“I want to thank all of you who sent messages and good wishes. I particularly want to thank our board and executive team, who stepped up in my absence, and Clarko and the players for a very entertaining first three rounds (notwithstanding the most recent result) which made being stuck on the couch far more bearable than it could have been,” Hood told Kangaroos members.
“This week I’m very excited to say I will be off the couch and at Marvel Stadium on Friday.
“Let’s fill Marvel Stadium with the royal blue and white so we can break the record crowd of 48,278 for this fixture.
“And, most importantly, let’s give the kids and their families something to really smile about.”
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