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.
.@CoachAWHamilton has always been big on setting goals.
Recently, he set some new ones for himself:
1. Beat cancer
2. Tell his story
3. Save a life
Please take some time to watch this video ?? pic.twitter.com/QFiXIaIfnO
— EKU Sports (@EKUSports) August 18, 2020
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.