Nov. 1 (RNS)--Campus Crusade for Christ President Bill Bright is suffering from pulmonary fibrosis and prostate cancer.

Bright, 79, underwent medical testing at the Mayo Clinic inRochester, Minn., and received confirmation from his doctor that he haspulmonary fibrosis of the lung. His wife, Vonette, announced herhusband's condition in a letter to Campus Crusade staff on Oct. 27, theministry announced.

Earlier in the month, Bill Bright told his staff of his cancercondition and of the initial diagnosis of the lung disease.

He has been treated for four years for prostate cancer, and doctorsthink he developed pulmonary fibrosis during that time. Pulmonaryfibrosis is a buildup of scar tissue in the lung that results in thetissue permanently losing its ability to transport oxygen. The averagelife expectancy for those suffering from the condition is three to fiveyears, and there is no known cure.

Bright plans to turn over the presidency of Campus Crusade on Aug.1, 2001, and continue as chairman of the board of directors.

In recent weeks he has traveled to Amsterdam, San Francisco, andPhiladelphia, but he plans to slow down soon.

"I'm here to do what God still has for me to do on this Earth, andwhenever that is finished, I am ready to be with him in heaven," Brighttold his staff. "There is still so much work to be done."

Stephen Douglass, executive vice president of Campus Crusade, whowas chosen in July as Bright's successor, said: "We are saddened tolearn of Dr. Bright's recent diagnosis, but are certain that he willface this obstacle with the grace, courage, and dignity that he has used to lead this ministry for nearly 50 years."

Bill Bright, the winner of the 1996 Templeton Prize for Progress inReligion, and Vonette Bright co-founded Campus Crusade in 1951. It began as a ministry to college students but now also includes more than 60 ministries involving families, inner cities, athletes, prisons,executives, and the military.

Join the Discussion
comments powered by Disqus