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Josh Paschal Diagnosed with Malignant Melanoma


The 2018 Kentucky football season begins with unfortunate news.  Mark Stoops opened Kentucky football media day by announcing that defensive end Josh Paschal and offensive line coach John Schlarman are dealing with significant health issues.

Last week Paschal had skin lesions removed from the bottom of his foot.  At the time, doctors expected that to resolve the issue.  Instead it revealed that Paschal had malignant melanoma.  The sophomore defensive end had another procedure performed on Wednesday.  The results are pending.

Schlarman is currently undergoing further tests for an undisclosed health issue.  He will continue to coach, but may be absent from time to time.  Stoops did not wish to speculate how much time Schlarman could potentially miss.

Obviously, it’s not news anybody is happy to share to start a season.  The air was sucked out of the room as Stoops spoke with a heavy heart.

“Our hearts and prayers are with Josh and John as they battle this issue,” Stoops said. “We’re very close to both of their families and spent time with both of the families this week. We will continue to be supportive and be family and be for them in any way we can.”

Article written by Nick Roush

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15 responses to “Josh Paschal Diagnosed with Malignant Melanoma”

  1. nybrasky

    Damn. Hoping for the best. Forget football, that’s real life.

  2. ClutchCargo

    Melanoma is scary stuff, so it’s great they found it when they did. I have been in his parents’ shoes exactly, and that news hits you like a sucker punch that you never saw coming.

  3. Wade

    Prayers to those 2 and the family’s. Those are 2 guys we really need and bright spots on this team. I hope they get healthy and beat what’s in front of them and make it back to kickn ass on the field for for know let others kick ass for you and get better. God is good keep your heads up and stay positive.

  4. Realme

    Josh is so young to have to deal with this. Prayers for them both.

  5. JD

    Prayers for Josh and John to get healthy. Hate to hear this news.

  6. DerBaron

    Terrible news. ??

  7. PillsburyThrowboy

    Damn. Prayers to both. Really unfortunate for Paschal. I was really looking forward to him playing. So sad.

  8. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

    Ugh. Prayers for them.

  9. J-Dub421

    Wow, how terrible. Hope they both get healthy soon.

  10. kjd

    May our Lord Jesus Christ, our Divine Healer, grant these two men, peace and comfort and healing. Amen.

  11. WinkyBoyBlue

    Hope Josh can be blessed that it was found early. Nothing good about this, but it is wonderful that he is a Wildcat football player whose health is constantly monitored.

  12. Ben27

    My prayers are that it has not spread. It is very manageable if you are checked every six months. The scary thing is that it can occur under your fingernails or in your eyes and if not caught it will be fatal. Everyone should go on line to see photos and check themselves regularly. This is not just an older persons problem, it can occur at any age.

  13. satcheluk

    My father has had a dozen malignant melanoma legions removed from his head, neck and shoulders. As long as you catch them early, they’re just a worry. Wear sunscreen! Hope both men fully recover.

  14. njCat

    Sucker punch for sure. Hate it when people are faced with this – especially when they’re so young. Hoping for good outcomes for both.

  15. notFromhere

    This really upsets me for JPaschal. Been upset all day. Praying for him all day as well. May God bless him with many healthy years yet to come