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Jordan Clarkson opens up about his father's health scare in 2014

Jordan Clarkson and his father, Mike
Jordan Clarkson and his father, Mike (CloseUp360)

The Jordan Clarkson foundation helps cancer patients around the world - from San Antonio, Clarkson's hometown to the Philippines, the ancestral home of the Cleveland Cavaliers guard.

The foundation was set up when Jordan and his father Mike came together after the latter's successful fight with a Stage 4 carcinoma cancer that had spread up and down his spine.

"Yeah, that was just a tough day," Clarkson said in an interview with CloseUp360. "You know, he [Mike Clarkson] came over there. He was just like, 'Man, I'm about to start this cancer treatment.'"

Mike Clarkson was diagnosed with the Stage 4 carcinoma cancer in January 2014, when Jordan was his playing college basketball at the University of Missouri and despite receiving the sudden news, Clarkson remained calm because he knew what was at stake.

Watch the full interview here, via: CloseUp360.

"I just kinda took it on the chin and kinda pressed forward and, you know, tried to bottle my emotions because I knew I had to do something, for the family and for myself."

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HAPPY FATHERS DAY AND BDAY TO MY POPS! a real fighter, happy we get to share this celebration and time together. Thank you making sure we was always good, beating cancer so we could see this day, all them late night early mornings for you... just happy to have you as my role model and best friend, and hopefully i can be as GREAT as a father that you are! BLESSINGS!

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"He was fighting, I was fighting. As a family, we all fought and stuck together, so it all worked out."

A couple of months later, in March of 2014, Mike had undergone a couple of successful surgeries after radiation treatments at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

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