Masters Hall of Famer Jim Mathis suffering cancerous brain tumor

Jim Mathis

Jim Mathis, a 2006 inductee into the USATF Masters Hall of Fame, has a brain tumor and is battling medical bills, according to a Memphis TV station. See the report here. “Six week ago, Coach Mathis was bench pressing 260 pounds, ” said Jim Lassandrello, athletic director of St. Agnes-St. Dominic, “but now he’s in a wheelchair. It’s shaken all of us.” The report continues: “A series of tests led doctors to discover a cancerous brain tumor that forced Mathis [now 77] into a wheelchair. It’s quite an adjustment for the senior athlete and still active coach.” At age 53, Mathis won sprint golds at 1987 Melbourne worlds and is credited with holding indoor world records in the 200, 300 and 400. A fundraiser to help with his care is set for Dec. 13. His M50 4×4 American record stood until Sacramento worlds.

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December 8, 2011

3 Responses

  1. peter taylor - December 9, 2011

    Jim, you were an exceptionally hard hitter back in the day, and I always enjoyed announcing you in the sprints. Between races you were friendly and a pleasure to talk to.

    All the best to you, Jim. I know that you are a tiger.

  2. wayne bennett - December 9, 2011

    Sorry to learn of this tragedy. What a great competitor and friend he was. I always enjoyed running against him.

  3. SID HOWARD - December 10, 2011

    HE WAS A GREAT RUNNER AND A FRIEND. GOD BLESS JIM AND HIS FAMILY.

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