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Rob Ford: I Have 50/50 Chance of Surviving Cancer

Hardest thing is telling the kids, Toronto mayor says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2014 3:10 AM CDT

(Newser) – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is battling a rare and aggressive form of cancer, but he says he's trying to stay optimistic, even though doctors have given him a 50/50 chance of survival. "Some nights I just cry myself to sleep, but what can you do, there's only that many tears that can be shed," he told reporters yesterday, saying the hardest part was telling his two children about it, the Globe and Mail reports. "The kids, it's ripping my heart out," said Ford, who began chemotherapy for liposarcoma last month and whose brother Doug has taken his place in the city's mayoral race. Ford, whose father died of cancer in 2006, describes the disease as the "worst event" in a turbulent life. "A lot of the stuff that I've gone through, most of it's been self-inflicted, but when you get hit by cancer, that's not self-inflicted," he said.

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But Ford is still running for the city council seat he held for 10 years before becoming mayor, even though he might be too sick to take part in any debates. One of his 13 rivals for the seat, financial planner Andray Domise, tells the Toronto Star that Ford is being "highly irresponsible" by staying in the race when he is too ill to campaign. "He's put his name on the ballot and asked to be treated as a serious candidate, so the least that I can do is respect that wish. Which also means holding him accountable," Domise says. But Ford has a big lead, and another opponent, community developer Luke LaRocque, tells the Star he has no problem with Ford staying in the race as long as people want to vote for him. "Because I believe strongly in democracy, I would have a difficult time saying he shouldn't run until he gets well. It's a personal decision of his," he says. (Read more Rob Ford stories.)

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