Don Garber has been the commissioner of Major League Soccer since 1999. (Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Major League Soccer announced Saturday that its commissioner, Don Garber, will continue running the league despite being diagnosed with prostate cancer. His treatment at Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York will be followed by surgery at Mt. Sinai Hospital.
"Obviously, no one wants to hear that they have cancer," Garber, 56, said in a statement published on the league website. “However, I am being treated by exceptional doctors at two of the top hospitals in the world and am confident, as are they, that the prostate cancer will be successfully treated with a full recovery."
According to the league release and Garber's comments, the cancer has not spread. His doctors believe they caught it early enough to ensure a full recovery.
“Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. It will affect one in seven men during their lifetime," Garber said. “I hope through my experience that I will be able to create awareness of prostate cancer and encourage men to get regular testing, the surest way to ensure a successful outcome for those who get the disease."
Garber has been the MLS commissioner since 1999, when he took over from league-founding commissioner Doug Logan after 16 years in the National Football League office. He also serves on the board of directors for the U.S. Soccer Federation. In Garber's time as commissioner, nine new MLS franchises have begun play, with two more confirmed to join the league in 2015.