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John Robic on daughter’s fight with liver cancer: “We need help.”

Late last week, Hayley Robic, daughter of Kentucky assistant coach John Robic, announced on her social media page that she had been recently diagnosed with liver cancer and is in search of a donor.

“These past several months have been the hardest of my life,” Robic 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.”

After sharing the post, Hayley’s sister and John’s other daughter, Sophie, asked for help on her own social media page.

“My sister, Hayley, has been diagnosed with liver cancer and needs a transplant. If you are willing to be a donor, please follow the link in my bio,” she wrote, adding the link to the donor search and testing page, which can be found HERE.

After sharing the post right here on KSR, current and former players on the Kentucky basketball team, rival coaches and fans, and national media members, along with tens of thousands of members of the Big Blue Nation, shared the link to the donation page, with one individual telling KSR late Thursday evening that “hundreds” had already applied to see if they were a potential match.

In an interview with Seth Davis of The Athletic released today, John Robic opened up about the devastating news of his daughter’s illness, followed by the “overwhelming” support his family has received during this difficult time.

“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.”

Going through pain that is “different than any other hurt,” Robic acknowledged that they’re “going to do what [they] have to do to get through this.”

And they’ll continue to need the Big Blue Nation’s help through it all.

“Yeah, it gets hard at times. It puts things in perspective as a parent,” Robic said. “Any time your child hurts, it’s different than any other hurt. … She’s strong. She’s a bright young lady. We’re going to do what we have to do to get through this. But we need help.”

Robic told Davis that his daughter was diagnosed with liver cancer last fall after “experiencing persistent pain in her abdomen.”

Further testing revealed two tumors on her liver, with Robic adding that one had grown to 15 centimeters, roughly “the size of a baked potato.”

“The tumor proved to be malignant, as did the tumor that remains,” Davis said of the situation. “Three weeks ago Hayley moved home to be with her parents in Lexington. Later this month she will be examined at the University of Pittsburgh Med Center and determine whether to pursue a living donor or a deceased one. A living donor can have part of his or her liver removed and have most of it grow back.”

As mentioned above, you can add your name to the potential donor list for not only Robic, but others dealing with this life-threatening illness, by visiting this link.

One of Kentucky’s own needs your help, Big Blue Nation.

Let’s find her a donor.

(The Athletic)

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

7 Comments for John Robic on daughter’s fight with liver cancer: “We need help.”



  1. nocode96
    8:28 pm January 13, 2020 Permalink

    Really puts it all into perspective. Every parent reading this is having tears brought to their eyes. You can’t help but think “what if that was my child?” Even if you are not a parent, your life has almost assuredly been touched by this vile disease. Everyone here, even if they don’t agree with others, is here because we are BBN, these kind of things are where we shine. Not everyone here can be a donor, not is it anyone’s obligation to be, but we as a whole can show enough love and support to this family that it no doubt can make a positive impact in one way or the other. F#ck cancer.



  2. WKY Cat
    8:39 pm January 13, 2020 Permalink

    I just filled out the form to see if I can be tested. It’s very simple. Hope everyone does the same.



  3. Aar
    9:38 pm January 13, 2020 Permalink

    Just registered. Hope she finds a donor in time.



  4. ClutchCargo
    12:58 am January 14, 2020 Permalink

    I lost a grandmother to liver cancer and had my daughter diagnosed with melanoma at the age of 13 (caught it in time, by dumb luck and the grace of God). Prayers to the Robic family.



  5. Rick_S
    8:53 am January 14, 2020 Permalink

    The young lady needs a liver..Why can her dad or sister be a donor?..



    • clairejay
      2:31 pm January 14, 2020 Permalink

      Hey there! Daughter of mom who has had two kidney transplants. I am sure that they are being tested as we speak, and they will be the top candidates to donate. However, all hospitals strongly encourage you to spread the word for donation. Just because you are family does not guarantee you can donate to a loved one. Only 1 in 3 people who are considered for living-donation turn out to be donor candidates. It is a tough and thorough process that each individual must go through. Therefore, it is extremely important to ensure you have as many potential candidates as you can registered in case family isn’t eligible. Hope that answers your question!



  6. CrystalBall
    11:05 am January 14, 2020 Permalink

    Prayers to the family. God bless Hayley.