Switchfoot guitarist battles cancer, Jon Foreman asks for prayer

Jeannie LawDec 21, 2018 03:16 PM EST
Atlantic Records

Grammy Award-winning rock band Switchfoot has made the shocking announcement that Jerome Fontamillas has been diagnosed with cancer.

As Switchfoot prepares for the release of their next album, Native Tongue, frontman Jon Foreman penned a note to their fans on Thursday revealing the news about Fontamillas.

"I got a call from Jerome a few weeks ago. He was calling with sobering news: he has cancer. One of Jerome's kidneys [sic] has a large mass on it that has been growing for quite some time. The good news is that the cancer has not spread to his other organs," Foreman revealed.

Removing Fontamillas kidney is expected to be all that's needed to rid the cancer from his body, he added. 

The surgery is scheduled for the end of the month and Foreman says his longtime bandmate is still in "good spirits" despite the diagnosis. Fontamillas requested that Foreman share the news with their longtime supporters.

"We hope that many of you will join us in praying for Jerome and his family during this difficult season," Foreman asked and then shared a message directly from Fontamillas.

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