The toughest challenge in Jarrod Lyle’s life is about to begin.
The Goulburn Valley export is attempting to beat acute myeloid leukaemia for the third time, with hope that a bone marrow transplant will be the end of his battles with the disease — which began all the way back in 1998.
‘‘The doctor has said that if he didn’t think there would be a chance that this would work then we wouldn’t be doing it,’’ Lyle said.
‘‘The downside obviously is that if it doesn’t we could be up s**t creek, but we’re not going to know until we start.’’
The transplant could have Lyle in hospital for about five weeks before another two months of living close to the Royal Melbourne Hospital for monitoring.
With his previous cancer history — defeating the disease in 1998 and 2012 — likely to create more challenges this time around, Lyle has put his chances of returning to full health at one in four.
But Lyle, 36, is determined to tackle his fight with plenty of vigour, with the support of wife Bri and daughters Lusi and Jemma.
‘‘Family is the most important thing to me, my wife and my two girls, I’d do anything for them and it’s nice to spend time with them and do things I used to do before I got sick,’’ Lyle said.
‘‘I’m still as upbeat as ever, obviously it’s going to be a fair struggle for me in the next couple of weeks, but I’m ready to hit it head on and try to beat it for a third time.’’
The former professional golfer is still immersing himself in his sport though, spending last week in Sydney at the Australian Open.
Lyle will also have a keen eye on Shepparton during his recovery for the Jarrod Lyle Junior Classic, set to be at the Shepparton Golf Club for the fifth year.
‘‘It’s our fifth year running the Jarrod Lyle Junior Classic,’’ he said.
‘‘Junior tour kids from around Victoria and Australia are eligible, it’s a good stepping stone tournament.
‘‘It’s open to a lot of juniors around Victoria and Australia, as well as juniors who don’t have an official Golf Victoria handicap and those just starting off.’’
Lyle is an ambassador for charity organisation Challenge, which supports children with cancer, and there will be stands set up at the classic for spectators to donate or buy merchandise.
‘‘The golf club is graciously going to set up a stand for us to help raise money for Challenge,’’ he said.
The action at the classic is always exciting, with the next generation of junior golfers showcasing their budding talents, and Lyle encouraged members of the community to go and support the event.
‘‘I’m hoping there’s a lot of people there, there’s some really good junior players getting around, so it will be good for the spectators to come down and watch them,’’ he said.
‘‘There will be plenty to do and plenty to watch, so get down there.’’
The classic will be on December 17, with players set to tee off at 9.30am, and interested entrants can sign up on the Golf Victoria website or by phoning the Shepparton Golf Club pro shop on 58212531.