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Josh Paschal undergoes final cancer treatment

On August 3, 2018, a teary-eyed Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops took the air out of the room at UK Media Day when he announced that Josh Paschal had been diagnosed with malignant melanoma.

A little over a year later, the redshirt sophomore is officially cancer-free.

This afternoon, Paschal announced on his Twitter page that he underwent his final immunotherapy treatment for his melanoma.

“I’m excited to announce that today was my last immunotherapy treatment for melanoma!” he said. “I have a lot of people to thank. First, I want to thank my Lord and Savior for guiding me through this difficult time. My faith has only become stronger. I want to thank my family and girlfriend for being there every step of the way and never missing a treatment.

“I would like to thank my family and brothers from back home for continually supporting me. I want to thank the surgeons, doctors, and nurses at [the UK Markey Cancer Center] for taking good care of me. Lastly, to the athletic trainers, my teammates, my coaches, and everyone in the [Big Blue Nation], thank you for supporting me, praying for me, and getting me back to [100%]. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me next. See you this fall.”

Here was the announcement:

After three surgeries and continued monthly treatments, Paschal finally started his very first game of the season against Middle Tennessee in November. He was named SEC co-Defensive Player of the Week on November 19 following his season debut. The Wildcat defensive lineman was also named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

As a true freshman, Paschal played in all 13 games, including one start. He totaled 17 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks, three QB hits, and one blocked kick on the year.

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Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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9 Comments for Josh Paschal undergoes final cancer treatment



  1. BluemanGreen
    5:24 pm August 7, 2019 Permalink

    Id say Josh Allens spot is in great hands! Congrats Josh Paschall you are a true inspiration!



  2. Wildcat homer
    5:46 pm August 7, 2019 Permalink

    Praise The Lord



  3. sincitycat
    6:21 pm August 7, 2019 Permalink

    Rooting for you, Josh.



  4. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    6:23 pm August 7, 2019 Permalink

    Great to here.



  5. cats646
    9:16 pm August 7, 2019 Permalink

    Hell yea brother!! One win down, plenty more to go!!



  6. ClutchCargo
    12:26 am August 8, 2019 Permalink

    As a dad of a then-13 y.o. daughter who was diagnosed with melanoma a few years ago, this really brings a smile to my face. She’s fine, btw.



    • DFCatfan
      4:14 am August 8, 2019 Permalink

      Awesome story tell here to keep on keeping on ?



  7. J-Dub421
    10:49 am August 8, 2019 Permalink

    Great news!



  8. sincitycat
    11:39 am August 8, 2019 Permalink

    As someone who lost his wife to cancer, it always gladdens my heart when somebody beats this horrible disease.