In the News: Tumour puts mission on hold - New Zealand Herald
Tumour puts mission on hold
The New Zealand Herald - January 15, 2000
HUNTLY - A towering Waikato teenager has been forced to put a promising American basketball career on hold while doctors deal with the reappearance of a tumour in his brain.
But the delay has had a positive spinoff for John Thocolich, who stands 2.24m (7ft 4in) and wears size 23 footwear.
His phenomenal height has won him an extra's role in the mega-budget movie Lord of the Rings, and he will use the cash to go on a two-year mission for his Mormon church.
Thocolich has already had a series of operations to remove the tumour, which affects the pituitary gland that produces the growth hormone.