Cyclist Lance Armstrong is expecting his fourth child, and first with girlfriend Anna Hansen. In a statement to PEOPLE, the 37-year-old cyclist said he was “thrilled” to confirm the baby news, which has left the couple’s families feeling ”ecstatic and grateful.” He adds,
“We are very much looking forward to what 2009 brings on many fronts. We appreciate respecting our privacy, as we are both eager to celebrate the holidays as a family.”
The seven-time Tour de France winner was diagnosed with and treated for testicular cancer in 1996; That he was able to conceive a baby is described by CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta as a ”hopeful thing” for testicular cancer survivors everywhere. “It means his body healed from the chemotherapy and surgery,” Dr. Gupta said.
Baby-on-the-way is due in June, and will join Lance’s three children from his marriage to Kristin Richards — Luke, 9 and twins Isabelle and Grace, 7, who were conceived via in vitro fertilization.
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