Sad news in the Rugby League world today with Johnny Mannah passing away at the age of 23 after a battle with Hodgkin Lymphoma. Hodgkins Lymphoma is a cancer of the white blood cells called lymphocytes. See information on Hodgkin’s Lymphoma here.
John Mannah played prop and played with the Parramatta Eels and also the Cronulla Sharks. Starting his career with the Eels, he was first diagnosed with the cancer in 2009 and after fighting it went into remission. He then got back to full fitness where he went to the sharks before going back to the Eels to join his brother Tim.
Early last year, John had a relapse of the cancer and unfortunately this time it cam back more aggressively.
News of His loss has been a shock to many in the Rugby League World and tributes have poured in. Cronulla’s coach Shane Flanagan said that the players team were better for it for knowing John, in an interview for with Michael Chammas for SMH.
The news hits home on a personal level as well as recently a family member has been diagnosed with the same disease and also a close friends parent has also been battling it for a number of years.
Rugby League International Scores would like to extend its deepest condolences and sympathies to the Mannah family and hope that they will find strength in Johns achievements in his short life and his memories. Its a tragedy anytime someone so young passes away.
Rest in Peace John Mannah: 13 September 1989 – 17 January 2013
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