LSU Safety Greg Brooks Diagnosed with Uncommon Brain Cancer


LSU Safety Greg Brooks Diagnosed with Uncommon Brain Cancer

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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (WDSU) — Greg Brooks, a senior safety on the Louisiana State University football team, has received a diagnosis of a rare form of brain cancer known as medulloblastoma.

Over the last three weeks, Greg has been in recovery from an extensive surgery aimed at removing a brain tumor situated between his cerebellum and brainstem,” stated Dr. Catherine O’Neal, Chief Medical Officer at Our Lady of the Lake Health.

Dr. O’Neal went on to say, “Greg’s speech and communication abilities have been affected, and although he is responsive and actively participating in physical therapy daily, he faces months of intensive rehabilitation. The surgery successfully removed the tumor, and there is no evidence of cancer spreading. As he embarks on rehabilitation in the upcoming weeks, Greg’s family and healthcare team will work together to establish a treatment plan in collaboration with specialists recognized nationally for expertise in this particular form of brain cancer. He has a long and challenging journey ahead, and he will need the unwavering support of our community as he confronts this battle.”

To assist with the financial burdens associated with his illness, The Tiger Athletic Foundation has introduced The Greg Brooks Victory Fund.

Supporters can contribute to The Greg Brooks Victory Fund by following this link.

Greg is a fighter and a winner, and we wholeheartedly believe that he will triumph over this cancer battle,” said President William F. Tate IV. “Victories are rarely achieved in isolation, which is why we are reaching out to fans from around the world to unite behind The Greg Brooks Victory Fund. Your support will ensure that Greg and his family have the resources they need as they embark on their path to healing and recovery.”

Originally from Harvey, Louisiana, Greg Brooks attended West Jefferson High School before earning three letters at the University of Arkansas. In 2022, he transferred to LSU, where he started 13 games in the Tigers’ secondary, contributing to the team’s success in reaching the SEC Championship Game and securing a win in the 2023 Citrus Bowl. This season, he was named a team captain and started in the Tigers’ first two games.

The Brooks family conveyed their gratitude in a statement, saying, “Greg has been a daily inspiration to us all. He fights like a Tiger every day and continues to make incremental progress. We have a challenging road ahead and are deeply appreciative of the support we’ve received from our LSU family and Tiger fans. Greg has fans all around the world, and our phones have been inundated with words of encouragement and support over the past several weeks. Greg is a true warrior! Please continue to keep No. 3 and our entire family in your prayers.”

Established with the backing of Championship Health Partners Our Lady of the Lake Health, The Greg Brooks Victory Fund will be managed by TAF and will help alleviate the financial burdens associated with Greg’s care, including treatment, medications, therapy, travel, and more.

Per NCAA regulations, LSU is allowed to accept financial contributions and oversee an account to support Greg Brooks. All contributions, according to NCAA rules, must be channeled through this fund. It’s important for all donors to be aware that financial contributions made to this fund are not tax deductible and do not qualify for Priority Points.


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