Jake Burton Diagnosed with Cancer

Snowboard innovator has testicular cancer

Jake Burton Carpenter, the founder of Burton Snowboards, announced late on Friday that he has testicular cancer. Burton, 57, will undergo chemotherapy for three months, and hasn’t ruled out the possibility of surgery. He was optimistic in a memo to Burton employees, calling his cancer “as curable as it gets.” The cancer, a seminoma type, has a 95 percent survival rate if caught in the early stages, according to the National Institutes of Health. As a snowboard entrepreneur, Burton helped bring the sport to the mainstream. He rode on the first snowboard, called the Poppen Snurfer, started modifying it, and in 1977 founded Burton Snowboards, which is now the largest manufacturer of snowboards in the world.

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