Soccer leader fights tumour

MORRIS DALLA COSTA -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 7:44 AM ET

Well-known local soccer personality Harry Gauss is recovering after extensive surgery to remove a brain tumour.

Gauss is the longtime coach and general manager of London City of the Canadian Professional League and has been a driving force behind all levels of soccer in this community along with his dad Max and son Ryan.

Gauss, 54, underwent a 12-hour operation Wednesday to remove an egg-size tumour in his brain. The operation was successful, but Gauss was kept heavily sedated until the weekend. Ryan Gauss was finally able to have an extended conversation with his father yesterday.

"I talked to him for an hour and he's doing better," Ryan said. "He came out of the surgery with flying colours. He's talking a little bit to family and is responsive. We're very optimistic."

Gauss was diagnosed two weeks ago, but only a few people knew of the problem.

"We just want to thank the staff at the hospital for their overwhelming support," Ryan said. "Dr. Neil Duggal did the operation and was amazing, helping us through this difficult time. Having to go through this again is very difficult."

Almost nine years ago, Harry and wife Kathleen lost their 19-year-old son Paul to a brain tumour.

"To go through this a second time is a nightmare," Ryan said. "This hits so close to home again. It's hard to believe it could happen."

Ryan said his thoughts are also with his mother. "For her to have to go through this a second time is inconceivable. My mother is remarkable. How she does it, how she's held up under all this is amazing."

Ryan said there is no target date for his dad to leave the hospital. He is accepting no visitors yet.

"We also know that people will be wanting to send things like flowers, but we just ask that instead if they choose to, they can make a donation to the Brian Tumour Foundation," Ryan said. "We also know that word will start getting out and we just wanted to thank people for their support and let them know that my dad is doing OK."

Ryan said the prognosis is good. "We're hoping for the best-case scenario. As of right now, everything is very positive. He was a little tired, but otherwise he was doing OK."


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