M90 legend Ralph Maxwell, battling cancer, keeps sense of humor
Ralph Maxwell, who gained fame beyond his M90 decathlon records when he read aloud his poem mocking Mitt Romney, now has another foe to poke fun at: cancer. He writes: “Well, yes, I had some tests done, and then outpatient surgery. Afterward, in his office, the Doc said, ‘I’ve got good news and bad. First, the bad. It’s cancer. The good news is this: When you eventually die, it will be some other cause, not this one.'” Ralph says he’s in Costa Rica for Christmas, “vigorously training as usual — running, jumping, throwing. If I felt any better, I would have to be put on a leash.”
And besides training, he’s also versifying. He writes:
Here’s a little couplet I composed:
Now is the time
When the world is in rhyme
And ev’ryone’s spreading good cheer;
So I join with the rest
And wish you the best
For the Holiday Season this year.
Ralph hasn’t specified what form of cancer he has, but his doctor’s prognosis is comforting. No doubt he is one of a kind. But then so are all of you.
All my best this Christmas to the masters track community â€” and best of health to Ralph.