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.”

Ralph Maxwell clears all kinds of hurdles in track. Next up, vaulting over cancer.

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 — and best of health to Ralph.

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December 23, 2012

7 Responses

  1. Ed Dunaye - December 24, 2012

    We wish you the very best Ralph!! This is just another hurdle you will clear !! Look forward to seeing at the track again this year.

    Ed & Lynnette

  2. peter taylor - December 24, 2012

    Yes, Ralph, you have done a great job so far, and I fully expect you to handle this task in brilliant fashion. You will win with complete authority!

    Peter Taylor

  3. jeff davison - December 24, 2012

    We are praying for great things for you

  4. Christa Bortignon - December 24, 2012

    Hope that you get better soon. Soak up some sun and
    see you in the near future.

  5. bob felcher - December 25, 2012

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Compassion knows no political party,but it seems many forget that simple fact. If people of different opinions merely treated others with the respect & compassion they wish for themselves the world would be a far better place.
    (Bruce) ” Everybody’d be nice to you if they knew you were dying.
    (Henry)Hey. Everybody knows everybody is dying; that’s why people are as good as they are…” from Bang the Drum Slowly – 1973

  6. chris roemer - January 1, 2013


  7. Bob Sheedy - January 2, 2013

    I ate my guji berries every morning like you told em and sure enough I won the Decathlon Championships this year….Bob Sheedy (70-74)

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