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Microsoft Co-founder Diagnosed With Cancer

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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Wife of entrepreneur and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has revealed that the 56-year-old was recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Allen left Microsoft in the 1980's and founded Vulcan Inc., an investment and project management company. He also owns the Seahawks and is a big philanthropist.

In a memo sent to both staff at Vulcan and the media, Jody Allen said her husband had received the diagnosis earlier this month, adding that he had already started chemotherapy.

Allen was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1983 and recovered after receiving chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant.

The full memo from Jody Allen (via CNet) can be seen below.

To employees of Vulcan and affiliates:

I want to let you know that Paul was recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

He received the diagnosis early this month and has begun chemotherapy. 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.

Paul is feeling OK and remains upbeat. He continues to work and he has no plans to change his role at Vulcan. His health comes first, though, and we'll be sure that nothing intrudes on that.

We would ask you to respect Paul's privacy and not discuss this outside of the office.

If you have any questions, please ask your EC member.

Thank you in advance for what I know will be all your good thoughts for Paul.

Jody

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    bourgeoisdude , November 17, 2009 2:56 PM
    "We would ask you to respect Paul's privacy and not discuss this outside of the office."

    Well...so much for that idea.

    I wish him the best.
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    bikeracer4487 , November 17, 2009 3:22 PM
    I don't get it...she asks them not to discuss it outside the office but simultaneously sends the memo to the media?
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    papasmurf , November 17, 2009 2:54 PM
    "philanthropis"

    orly?
  • 18 Hide
    bourgeoisdude , November 17, 2009 2:56 PM
    "We would ask you to respect Paul's privacy and not discuss this outside of the office."

    Well...so much for that idea.

    I wish him the best.
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    gnice3d , November 17, 2009 3:06 PM
    I agree, Bourgeoisdude ... Allen has done quite a lot for charities in his career. Kind of sad someone sold him out.

    Hope he pulls through ok
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    brendano257 , November 17, 2009 3:08 PM
    papasmurf"philanthropis" orly?



    Yes, PLEASE use the spell check, it doesn't take that much time. Good article, but please do double check your work, it pays off and goes a long way towards professionalism and shows pride in your work.
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    bikeracer4487 , November 17, 2009 3:22 PM
    I don't get it...she asks them not to discuss it outside the office but simultaneously sends the memo to the media?
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    soul555top , November 17, 2009 3:26 PM
    Ugh I hate cancer.

    Thoughts and prayers go out to the Allen family. He has done great things for the City of Seattle.
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    ssalim , November 17, 2009 4:13 PM
    Um, does any one NOT hate cancer??
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    bikeracer4487 , November 17, 2009 4:15 PM
    soul555topUgh I hate cancer.


    Haha, me too...if I ever met it in a dark alley I would kick its ass.
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    one-shot , November 17, 2009 4:33 PM
    papasmurf"philanthropis" orly?


    I saw that one right away. Microsoft Word 07 comes with Spell Check built in.
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    bikeracer4487 , November 17, 2009 5:00 PM
    one-shotI saw that one right away. Microsoft Word 07 comes with Spell Check built in.

    Really? No way...I had heard rumors that Microsoft had put some amazing new algorithm into Word, but I just shrugged them off as overoptimistic journalists. I never would've dreamed that Microsoft engineers would actually DO the impossible!
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    Anonymous , November 17, 2009 5:54 PM
    One day we all got to go!
    Hope he didn't get it because of the stresses of ripping off people's money selling Windows more than 3x as expensive as it's worth!
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    Anonymous , November 17, 2009 5:55 PM
    bikeracer4487Haha, me too...if I ever met it in a dark alley I would kick its ass.

    or die in a gutter, depending on which is stronger...
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    nitto555rchallenger , November 17, 2009 6:27 PM
    ProDigit80One day we all got to go!Hope he didn't get it because of the stresses of ripping off people's money selling Windows more than 3x as expensive as it's worth!

    He doesn't work for MS anymore, he started his own company, Vulcan. Yeah maybe he still holds some stock options, but I'm sure he's too busy with the Seahawks and Vulcan to care about MS. Get better and bring in some more wins.
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    wildwell , November 17, 2009 6:36 PM
    Hey hey hey.... please don't discuss this matter outside of the office! :kaola: 
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    jdamon113 , November 17, 2009 6:42 PM
    ProDigit80
    you an asshole. You know nothing about him, do not hate because you think your cool.

    I wish the best outcome for him and his family.
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    buwish , November 17, 2009 6:52 PM
    When it comes down to it, he's a nice guy, as he, like Bill Gates has given tons of money to charities and such over the years. Remember, business is business. I wish him a swift and successful recovery.
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    Upendra09 , November 17, 2009 9:29 PM
    funny how he doesn't get much credit for founding Microsoft
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    winner4455 , November 17, 2009 10:14 PM
    I heard this yesterday on the Blazer game (he owns them).

    Good luck, you can win the fight AGAIN, you're in our prayers.
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    amdgamer666 , November 17, 2009 11:54 PM
    "He also owns the Seahawks and is a big philanthropist."

    Oh come on, how could list that but not that he also owns the Portland Trailblazers (my favorite team, go blazers!)? I hate how the NFL always has priority over the NBA.

    But anyway, this really sucks, he's a great person and doesn't deserve this. It should've been Steve Jobs who got cancer :p 
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