January 21, 2012

Snowboard industry pioneer Jake Burton says his chemotherapy treatment for testicular cancer has worked.

"It appears my cancer is toast," the 57-year-old Burton said in an update he sent to his employees this week.

In September, Burton was diagnosed with cancer and said he faced three months of therapy.

He told his employees the treatment was successful and though there could be other procedures down the road, including radiation or surgery, it was all of a "clean-up" nature.

In the late 1970s, Burton quit his job in New York to try to build popularity for the little-known pastime of snowboarding, which was mostly frowned upon at mountain resorts.

He built a multimillion-dollar business and gets much credit for bringing the sport to the masses. Snowboarding joined the Olympics in 1998.

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