Dear Boxing Friends:
I have received many phone calls & e-mails regarding my friend boxing corner man CHUCK BODAK. I am sharing the latest information regarding his health, and I ask everyone to please add him to your prayer list for a speedy recovery. The following e-mail is from my best of friends: Michele Chong and Steve Harpst from the Burbank, California, youth boxing club.
We saw our friend and legendary cutman Chuck Bodak yesterday at the hospital.
He is doing okay, considering the effects of a stroke at 91 years old.
His left side has been weakened and they’re still running tests re his future mobility.
You’ll be happy to know that his ‘feisty’ personality is 99.9% intact and he
was busy trying to flirt with the nurses at the hospital!
He can’t wait to go home and start decoupaging his collages and jewelry again.
We are all hoping he WILL be able to retain his previous lifestyle. Time will tell.
I have passed along all of the great e-mail and phone messages to Chuck.
Keep the cards comin’! 🙂
Visiting hours update: 11 am-8 pm daily. See below for hospital info if you need it.
Michele & Steve
p.s. L.A. Times/Burbank lead reporter Jeff Tully wrote a nice mention about Chuck in today’s paper.
Here it is below:
Boxing Mainstay Suffers Stroke
Longtime boxing cornerman Chuck Bodak hospitalized: Chuck Bodak, 91, a colorful character in the world of professional boxing for decades, suffered a stroke Monday.
He is currently undergoing medical treatment and testing at Anaheim Memorial Hospital.
Bodak is a friend of the Burbank Boxing Club and has made several appearances at the Burbank Community YMCA. In addition, he has traveled and worked with the club’s fighters.
Renowned for his work as a cut man and trainer, Bodak has been involved with more than 60 world champions. His fighters have been some of the finest athletes ever to grace the sport, including Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, Oscar De La Hoya, Julio Cesar Chavez, Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns and Evander Holyfield.
Chuck Bodak is a name that is probably not easily recognized, except to die-hard boxing fans. However, he had a distinctive trademark.
> Hello to all of our friends in the boxing world.
> Some sad news that our pal Chuck Bodak has suffered a stroke this morning.
> Please send your thoughts & prayers his way.
> I spoke with Joe Angellar (Chuck’s roommate/great caretaker) and he said that
> Chuck is conscious, but is hard of hearing and his speech has been impaired due to this stroke. he is currrently undergoing medical tests right now and we’ll know more soon.
> If you’d like to contact Joe Angellar, his number is 714-745-7727.
> Here is the hospital info for Chuck:
> Anaheim Memorial Hospital
> Room C-275
> Hospital phone number is 714-774-1450.
> 1111 W. La Palma Ave.
> Anaheim 92801
> *Please forward this to anyone I may have missed*
> Michele Chong and Steve Harpst