Gore Bay man diagnosed with cancer receives positive news

GORE BAY—Lucus Little and his family are not only grateful to the Island community for their support since Mr. Little was diagnosed with cancer last year, but are also happy to learn that Mr. Little’s treatments have been successful and his tumor has begun to shrink.

“Things are going really well,” Mr. Little told The Expositor on Monday. “My treatments are still ongoing, but I am responding to them well. I just received some positive results on my last CT scan that the tumor is shrinking. I have three more scheduled (chemotherapy) treatments, putting me at the end of March, and then my condition will be reevaluated.”

“I’m feeling really good also,” continued Mr. Little. “I don’t look like I’m sick anymore and my family is happy I’m getting better. Everyone (in the family) has been busy with hockey. It’s been a good year so far.”

Last year Mr. Little was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma (NHL), a type of cancer that starts in the lymphocytes (a type of cell of the lymphatic system). He had been getting sick, losing weight and was tired when he finally went to the doctor and was subsequently diagnosed.

Mr. Little and his wife Amanda have four children including 13-year-old Jayden, 10-year-old Caylee, eight-year-old Rylan and seven-year-old Landen.

Several fundraisers have been held for the family since Mr. Little was diagnosed last fall including a Manitoulin Panther alumni game and the Frosty Cup Sportsmen Tournament in Gore Bay.

“On behalf of our family, we would like to thank the many people, businesses and supporters in our community and communities across the Island,” shared Mr. Little. “We are sincerely grateful for the generosity we have received. The support and well wishes help get us through the day-to-day challenges that our family faces. We have been fortunate to be the beneficiaries of the Manitoulin Panthers alumni game last fall and the Frosty Cup Sportsmen Tournament held this past December. A big thanks to the Gore Bay Rotary Club, tournament organizers, teams and volunteers of the tournament; these events helped our family greatly and we know it was a lot of hard work for all those involved. We would like to thank everyone for all they have done for our family.”