Longtime Kentucky assistant John Robic was not on Kentucky’s sideline tonight, and for a very good reason. According to Kyle Tucker, Robic missed tonight’s game to be with his daughter Hayley, who is battling liver cancer. The family is currently at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to consult with her doctors.
Hayley was diagnosed with the disease months ago and is looking for a transplant. A few weeks ago, the family put out a call on social media asking for help to find a donor.
“These past several months have been the hardest of my life,” Hayley wrote on Instagram. “After having emergency surgery, I’ve been diagnosed with liver cancer. Because of that, I will be getting a liver transplant and am in need of a donor. If you are interested in being tested to see if you’re a potential match, I’d be so grateful.”
The Big Blue Nation responded, with thousands of people filling out the form to find out if they’re a match. Robic told Seth Davis of The Athletic that Hayley has two tumors on her liver, one that has grown to 15 centimeters, roughly the size of a baked potato.
“Today has been — well, I can’t use the word overwhelming enough,” Robic told Davis of The Athletic. “The support for her has been great. I can’t thank everybody who reached out enough.”
As mentioned above, you can add your name to the potential donor list for not only Hayley, but others dealing with this life-threatening illness, by visiting this link.
Our thoughts continue to go out to the Robic family in this difficult time.