Days after his birthday, the young driver revealed this week that he had been diagnosed with a brain tumor during a doctor visit for a spinal disc condition.
The now 20-year-old had just celebrated his birthday on June 26th before his racing team released a statement to the media regarding his diagnosis and upcoming surgery.
According to FOX Sports, XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series driver, Matt Tifft, announced that he will be undergoing a surgical removal of a tumor discovered in his brain by doctors during a recent exam.
The tumor, called a "low-grade giloma" is a specific type of tumor that begins in the brain or spine and is formed from "gilal cells". They are most commonly found in the brain, and comprise approximately 80% of all diagnosed malignant brain tumors.
A "low-grade" giloma mostly exhibits benign tendencies and have a much better prognosis for the patient.
Tifft is expected to have the surgery performed and complete a rehabilitation regimen very shortly, returning to the track once physicians sign off on clearance.
During this Friday's XFINITY race in Daytona, David Ragan will drive the No. 18 Surface Sunscreen car in his place.
Watch the video below of one of his races last year when he spun out and then tangled with another driver.
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