ISHOF CEO Brent Rutemiller Diagnosed with Plasma Cell Leukemia; Aggressive Treatment

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Brent Rutemiller Welcoming ISHOF Honorees.

Throughout his time in the sport, Brent Rutemiller has worn numerous hats. He has been an athlete, coach, parent, journalist, host, publisher and CEO – to name just some of the roles he has handled. At one point, he coined the phrase: “If you want to win, first help someone else win!” It is a tagline that stresses selflessness and one Rutemiller has frequently used, often at the end of an interview he conducted.

Now, more than ever, the swimming community needs to get behind Rutemiller, and help him win the biggest battle of his life. In a letter sent Thursday night to the ISHOF Board of Directors and staff of Swimming World, Rutemiller, the CEO of the International Swimming Hall of Fame and Publisher of Swimming World Magazine, announced that he has been diagnosed with Plasma Cell Leukemia, a rare form of the disease, and will immediately begin aggressive treatment.

With the United States Olympic Trials set to begin on Friday with Wave I competition in Omaha, Rutemiller possessed a determination that was akin to an athlete preparing to compete on the biggest stage.

“This is my Olympics,” he said.

The tight-knit nature of the swimming community is a defining trademark of the sport, and this is a time in which the swimming world can demonstrate its supportive ways by backing Rutemiller in his upcoming fight. A thought. A prayer. A text. An email. All are ways to show we are behind Brent in his battle. But the best way to show support just might be by following the mantra that Rutemiller has made a trademark. Go out and help someone else win. It’s what Brent Rutemiller has long done for the sport of swimming – on many levels.

Rutemiller Letter to Staff and ISHOF Board – June 3rd, 2021

In March, I celebrated my birthday with a 5.94 Kilometer swim (6,500 Yards). Fast forward to this past Memorial Day weekend which I spent in the hospital getting a week-long battery of blood tests culminating in a bone marrow biopsy.  Not all flip turns are in water.

The blood results indicate that I have Plasma Cell Leukemia and will require very aggressive treatment. I feel well overall but have frequent bouts of fatigue which I have been fighting for the last few months.

Brent-Rutemiller-Hospital

We have no idea on the length of my treatment.  It will hopefully not interrupt my work as CEO of ISHOF and Publisher of Swimming World Magazine.  I plan to be on stage come October 9th to welcome our 2021 ISHOF Inductees into our sacred Hall.

I am blessed to have a wonderful wife and supportive family and honored to be working with an incredible board, dedicated and loyal staff, trusted city mayor, passionate commissioners and a visionary city manager.

Please excuse this informal notification, but I feel it is necessary that everyone know today’s challenge and our path forward.  Thanks in advance for your understanding and support.  I truly feel that this will just be a footnote to all of our success on the horizon.

 

Signed,
Brent T. Rutemiller

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Dana Abbott
Dana Abbott
3 years ago

Prayers and loving, supportive thoughts to Brent and his family. A true gentleman and strong fighter who always works to better our sport with resolute devotion to it.

Andy Hils
Andy Hils
3 years ago
Reply to  Dana Abbott

I grew up watching Brent. I lived in the same area.
Whenever we saw Brent on the pool deck, us football players were amazed at his physique. He was/is a beast. My son swims now and knowing first hand how hard this sport is, I know Brent will out touch anything that comes at him.

Us Northern Kentuckians are praying for you, Brent.

Andy Hils

Margaret Leonhard
Margaret Leonhard
3 years ago
Reply to  Andy Hils

My feelings also, Andy. Prayers for you and your family, Brent.
Margaret Leonhard

Laura Voet
3 years ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Brent. ? You are absolutely right – we truly do win, by first helping someone else win! ??

Cal Jungquist
Cal Jungquist
3 years ago

Pay It Forward and Never Ever Give Up!!

Renee
Renee
3 years ago
Reply to  Cal Jungquist

Praying ongoing♥️

Jim Starrett
Jim Starrett
3 years ago

My prayers & positive ju-ju are coming your way daily to fight your diagnosed leukemia. I plan to carry on your mantra & thank you for all that you’ve done, do, & will continue on with our great sports of aquatics. God speed in your recovery. SWIMcerely… Jim Starrett/ NISCA Zone 2 Director

Peter Hugo
Peter Hugo
3 years ago

Our thoughts and prayers are also with you and your family. My bet is that you will be there on October 9th!

Sandra Landtroop
Sandra Landtroop
3 years ago

Oh, dear Brent! Lanny and I are so very sorry to hear this news. We wish you all the best with your treatment and know your wonderful spirit and fine character will serve you well in the days to come. We send you and your sweet family our most hopeful and affectionate thoughts.

Steve barber
Steve barber
3 years ago

Prayers from our family

Mike Cheek
Mike Cheek
3 years ago
Reply to  Steve barber

Sorry to hear this Brent. Our thoughts are with you and our prayers for healing and strength also.

Mary Jo Moser Fishwick
Mary Jo Moser Fishwick
3 years ago

May sound cliche’, Brent, but know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Hugs from your Ky swimming family. Fondly, Mary Jo and all of the Mosers.

Eileen Feagan Kees
Eileen Feagan Kees
3 years ago

Praying for your complete healing and restoration. Many blessings to you and your precious family.

Eileen Feagan Kees
Eileen Feagan Kees
3 years ago

So sorry to hear this…. I will be praying for your healing and restoration. Blessings to you and your precious family.

Barbara Reynales
Barbara Reynales
3 years ago

All good wishes to you, Brent, from Tad’s mom–and his dad, too, who also is in the hospital following a stroke.

Barbara

Julie Haverkos Strasemeier
Julie Haverkos Strasemeier
3 years ago

Lots of prayers coming your way Brent! You got this. I’ll say a prayer for each lap we had to do in high school swim practice! Haha….that’s a lot!

Michelle
Michelle
3 years ago

Brent
Sending you more positive prayers and encouragement. I know your family support is very strong and you’re in great hands.

Terry
Terry
3 years ago

Hey Rudy, please consider us all in the room with you arms locked, shoulder to shoulder fighting this fight with you as brothers. I will go out today, help someone win and dedicate victory to you.

Love You Brother.
Stoddo

Anonymous
Anonymous
3 years ago

We love you uncle Brent!
– Laura, Mark, and Josie

Pete Stark
Pete Stark
3 years ago

Brent,

My prayers are with you my friend and high swim team member.

You will win this race,

Pete

Marilyn Marcotte
Marilyn Marcotte
3 years ago

To Brent and family, was saddened to hear of Brent’s illness. Will certainly keep him in our prayers and well wishes. I know the Marcotte family up here in Canada ( Judy Rutemiller’s family ) will all be praying for him.
May God shine his light on you Brent……
Sincerely Marilyn Marcotte
London Ontario Canada

Dana Lawrence Lohn
Dana Lawrence Lohn
3 years ago

Warmest thoughts & prayers for Brent and the Rutemiller family.

Marie Tobler
Marie Tobler
3 years ago

Ran into a childhood Triple E swimmer and heard your challenging news. So glad I’m able to let you know this Sailfish is praying for you. You got this;
God bless you.

Marie Koop Tobler

Jack Mueller
Jack Mueller
3 years ago

Hi Brent:

So sorry to hear this news. I wish you all the best and Suzette and I are praying for you. I remember many good days in the pool together. God speed my friend!

Jack Mueller

Jorge Emilio Aguado
Jorge Emilio Aguado
3 years ago

Brent. You will win this battle. I´m totally sure. Blessings to you and your family.
Sincerely
Jorge Aguado
Argentina

Stew
Stew
3 years ago

Brent, sorry to hear the news. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Stew and Linda Hall

Lezlie Reynales
Lezlie Reynales
3 years ago

Brother Brent,
In your younger years growing up you were such a good swimmer. Later you chose a career as a swim coach. So the one message I have for you “do not stop in the middle of the pool of life, get to the wall and flip turn and keep going”!
Love you Big sis Lezlie

Vince & Susie Aspromonte
Vince & Susie Aspromonte
3 years ago

Brent,
We’re sorry to hear about this latest challenge.
You are blessed with a very special loving family and many dear friends. We’re join them in caring, praying and cheering you on as you take on this new battle.
God Be With You,
Susie & Vinny

Barbara L Voet
Barbara L Voet
3 years ago

Brent, Doug and I are praying for you. I have faith that you will succeed . Stay positive and know that many prayers are coming your way.

Barbara Loschiavo Voet

Simon Graydon Foy
Simon Graydon Foy
3 years ago

Brent,
So sorry to hear the medical news. From what Lezlie has told me about you and your family , you will beat this. There are thousands of people you have inspired.. you are undoubtably a winner!

Best wishes from England

Simon and Jojo

XX

Warren Whalen
Warren Whalen
3 years ago

Brent, you were always so motivating and inspiring through some of those long workouts at Brookwood an later at St. X . I am sure your great work ethic and just do it attitude will guide you through these rough waters. Just know that my family will be praying and pulling for you. Stay strong my friend

Carol Middelburg
Carol Middelburg
2 years ago

You don’t know me, but I have heard about you ver since living in Port Townsend and being friends of your in-laws. My husband and I hope this is a battle you will win, and wish you strength and resolve as you go forward. Wishing for the very best outcome!

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