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WATCH: EKU Men’s Basketball coach A.W. Hamilton says he’s cancer free

It’s been a busy news day for Kentucky sports, but no news was as uplifting as what came out of Richmond earlier on Tuesday.

Through a social media post, Eastern Kentucky Men’s Basketball head coach A.W. Hamilton announced that he is now cancer-free. Hamilton explains in the video that he was initially diagnosed with Stage 2 Melanoma back in July following his first physical checkup since he was in college back in 2004.

In the seven-minute video, Hamilton explains how he found out about his cancer diagnosis through a mole located on the back of his ear, the surgical process of removing it, and how he dealt with the living through the experience.

“I’m 39. I’m healthy. I feel great,” Hamilton explained after finding out about being diagnosed with Melanoma. “What’s going to happen to me? He [the oncologist] said, best case scenario is you will have a major surgery and we are going to remove your tumor and hopefully you never see me again. Then he says, worst case, melanoma again is an unpredictable cancer, you could be in a box in six months.”

Fortunately, Hamilton came out of surgery as a cancer-free man, although he’ll never have feeling in his right ear ever again. He now has a scar that runs down the right side of his head as a result of the surgery.

Hamilton has been the EKU head coach since 2018 and has basketball roots in Kentucky that run deeper than most. He was a star standout during his high school playing days at Scott County, winning the 1998 State Championship and later being named a first-team Kentucky All-State performer in 1999. He is set to begin his third season as the Colonels head coach in the upcoming season.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

2 Comments for WATCH: EKU Men’s Basketball coach A.W. Hamilton says he’s cancer free

  1. Not Dan Issel
    7:39 am August 19, 2020 Permalink

    Great video. Very inspiring. I am a now 9 year cancer survivor myself, so I know the experience of being told “you have cancer.” Coach has a great story to tell to all who will listen.

  2. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    9:54 am August 19, 2020 Permalink

    Great news! I had a melanoma removed some time ago myself (about a year and a half). I’m doing fine now, but he’s right. When the doc shows you a piece of paper that says “Malignant Melanoma”, that is not fun.

    God bless coach if you’re reading this.

    And thanks for the story Zack!