Seahawks owner Allen diagnosed with lymphoma

Paul Allen, owner of the Seattle Seahawks¬†and co-founder of Microsoft, has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according the team.

The Seahawks said Allen has already begun chemotherapy. A memo was sent Monday alerting employees of Vulcan, a company owned by Allen.

“He received the diagnosis early this month and has begun chemotherapy,” said the statement from Vulcan CEO Jody Allen, Paul’s sister.¬†“Doctors say he has diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, a relatively common form of lymphoma.

“This is tough news for Paul and the family. But for those who know Paul’s story, you know he beat Hodgkin’s a little more than 25 years ago and he is optimistic he can beat this, too.”

Allen has been owner of the Seahawks since 1997. Allen is also owner of the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers and part owner of Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders FC.

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