This afternoon it was announced that Austin City Councilmember Bill Spelman has been diagnosed with a pancreatic tumor. The removal is scheduled for tomorrow at St. David's Medical Center.
According to the Austin Bulldog, Spelman “may need follow-up treatment after surgery but expects to be back to work on the council before the fall semester starts at UT” where he is a professor. He plans to return to the classroom by the month's end.
Mayor Lee Leffingwell released the following statement.
“Bill is a good friend and colleague. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family as he works through this difficult process. All of us at City Hall will be working closely with Bill to make sure he and his staff have all the support they need during this time. I look forward to having him back on the dais as soon as he is able.”
Councilmember Mike Martinez posted the following on his Facebook accounts.
I am very sorry to hear about our Council mate Bill Spelman and his diagnosis of a pancreatic tumor. I wish him the speediest and best recovery ever and my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. Please keep Bill and his family in your thoughts.
We will post any other statements as we receive them below the fold. All of us here at BOR wish Councilmember Spelman a speedy and successful recovery.
Update: Here is the official release from Bill Spelman's office.
Austin City Council Member and LBJ School professor Bill Spelman will be off the dais and out of the office for at least the next two weeks, dealing with a pancreatic tumor.
The tumor was discovered last week and will be removed at St. David's Medical Center on Friday.
“Just removing the tumor may not be enough to solve the problem,” said Spelman. “We won't know what kind of follow-up attention I'll need until after surgery. But the doctors have assured me I can be in the classroom on the first day of the Fall semester, and I expect to get back on the council dais even sooner than that.”
Spelman's family is grateful for the support of friends and colleagues, and asks that well-wishers send thoughts and notes to Spelman's city council office.