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Ford says in recorded message he’s starting chemotherapy

TORONTO (NEWS1130) – Rob Ford announced in an audio statement he’d be starting chemotherapy on Thursday.

In the three-minute recording, he said the public outpouring of support during his medical crisis has meant “the world” to him and his family.

Doctors announced on Wednesday Ford had been diagnosed with malignant liposarcoma, a type of cancer in fat cells.

“With the love and support of my family, my friends, and the people of Toronto — I will beat this!” he said.

“I am determined to face this head on and return strong for my family and for my city.”

Ford also urged Torontonians to vote for his councillor brother Doug, who stepped in last week to replace him in the mayoral race.

“Toronto needs Doug Ford as mayor,” Rob Ford said.

“When people get to know Doug as I do they will see a man who cares, a man with vision, integrity and determination.

“YOU, the people of Toronto, have been with me since day one. Now I ask you to throw your support behind Doug.”

Doug has yet to launch his campaign, and his brother encouraged him to “jump into this race, wholeheartedly, right now.”

News of Ford having cancer made headlines around the world and has drawn expressions of sympathy from politicians of all stripes, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper.