Picoline Ortiz announced that he is suffering from colorectal cancer
Through a video on social media, the former player for the national basketball team, Jose “Picolin” OrtizHe announced Wednesday that he was diagnosed with colorectal cancer earlier this month.
“I want to share with you that I have been found to have colorectal cancer and we are ready to fight. We are in positive thinking. It’s not easy…but within the family we are all very positive. “Somehow in anticipation of what we can do along the way,” Picolin said for the first time accompanied by his wife, Silvia Ríos, in a video posted on Instagram.
“We already have a group of doctors and professionals who are fighting the battle with us and will contribute grains of sand and knowledge, which we appreciate and are very grateful for,” continued the former basketball player, who was sitting in the living room. His residence room.
“This news is not good news, but it is news that we must face and thus have the best possible position so that everything in our environment remains in harmony.. I tell them that I will do my best as I always did on the field and did in previous difficult moments. “Pray for us,” the legendary Puerto Rican basket man said as he thanked all the health professionals who have treated him in the past three weeks.
“I will fight and I appreciate your prayers. We hope to give you better news in the future,” Ortiz said, without specifying. What is the stage of cancer?
According to the Medline Plus website, colorectal cancer “is cancer that begins in the large intestine (colon) or rectum (last part of the colon),” adding that “early diagnosis can often lead to a complete cure.”
Recently, Pikulin turned 60 and participated with him The new day Part of what has been experienced on and off the field during these six decades.
In 2022, Peculin was selected by a panel of 13 experts as the best basketball player in Puerto Rican history in the “Puerto Rican Basketball Legends“, which is the project that I implemented The new day.
Picolin was a key piece in the national team’s golden era of the 1990s and 2000s, as well as in the Basketball National Senior League (BSN) with Atlético de Saint-Germain and Cangrejeros de Santurce.
He participated with the Puerto Rican national team in five world championships, including a historic fourth place in Argentina 1990, and in four Olympics. Since retiring from the national team in 2004, Puerto Rico has not qualified for the Olympic tournament.
At BSN he won eight championships: three with Saint-Germain and five with Santurce.
Internationally, he also made his mark in the Spanish and Greek leagues with a short stint in the NBA with the Utah Jazz.
He finished his basketball career in 2006 with Capitanes de Arecibo in BSN.
He was inducted into the International Basketball Association (FIBA) Hall of Fame in 2019 and the Puerto Rico Hall of Fame in 2018.
At the beginning of last October, Picolin also announced the sale of the key to his pizzeria in La Parguera, in Lajas.