The Iowa State Athletic Department wished Iowa AD Gary Barta well on Twitter today. Barta is undergoing treatment for prostate cancer.
— Iowa State Athletics (@CycloneATH) October 11, 2017
It goes to show that even though there are rivalries on the field, our shared humanity transcends arbitrary shreds of laundry or where you get your education from. There are more important things than sports, things that exist as a part of sports but also firmly outside of it, things that are simply bigger than a game.
This is one of those things. Cancer is not a joke, but Gary Barta is a fighter. He’s going to find a way to beat it, because that’s what he’s been doing for the majority of his life.
Iowa has not specified when Barta was diagnosed or how long he will be gone. They said, “he will return to work as soon as his health and recovery allow.”
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