Team, Staff Rally Around Dillon Football Coach with Cancer - KFBB.com News, Sports and Weather

Team, Staff Rally Around Dillon Football Coach with Cancer

Posted: Updated:

The Dillon Beavers High School football team will be playing in the state championship game on Saturday in Billings.

While the squad of course wants to call themselves state champs, they also want to win one for their coach, who right now is going through the battle for his life.

For the first eight weeks of the high school football season, Coach Steve Vezina served as the Beaverhead County High School Offensive Coordinator. Coach likes to say that calling the plays for his alma mater was like finally owning the keys to a Cadillac.

But at the end of October, Coach Vezina's life changed. After his brother was diagnosed with prostate cancer Coach Vezina's family forced him to get a check up.

"The guy came back in and said that you have a tumor in your colon. He said that he has seen a lot of them, thousands of them, and this one didn't look good to him," said Coach Vezina.

Coach Vezina was diagnosed with prostate and colon cancer that has now spread to his liver. His cancer is terminal. Without treatment, doctors said he would live up to a year at the most. With the help, it's an unknown timetable.

"I'm not afraid to die. It's a part of living," said Vezina. "I maybe don't want to go now. Of course, I don't have to now. I'll just see, and fight as hard as I can."

Despite going through chemotherapy for the last month, Vezina is back to doing something he loves. He's back on the gridiron, coaching his team.

"Having him out there really brightens your day," said Mike Paffhausen, a senior receiver. "It makes practice go by a little easier. Not just practice, but school in general. He means a lot to us and the whole community."

"They see him and they understand what it means to fight and be tough," said Rick Nordahl, a head coach. "You got to carry on, and you got to go out and do your best."

There's been an outpouring of support for coach from the community. $25,000 has been raised already for coach and his family through this website. While coach battles through life on and off the field, he goes through it with hope.

"You just never know. There's a miracle out there somewhere," added the coach.

Dillon will play in the state title game on Saturday afternoon in Billings. Coach Vezina will be at the game.

To learn how you can donate to coach and his family, click here.

  • NationalMore>>

  • Autopsy to ID dead boy; body cast off side of road

    Autopsy to ID dead boy; body cast off side of road

    Saturday, April 19 2014 3:01 AM EDT2014-04-19 07:01:44 GMT
    All Massachusetts authorities could say for sure is that they found the lifeless body of a small boy, apparently cast off the side of a highway.
    All Massachusetts authorities could say for sure is that they found the lifeless body of a small boy, apparently cast off the side of a highway.
  • Looming, creeping landslide splits home in Wyoming

    Looming, creeping landslide splits home in Wyoming

    Saturday, April 19 2014 2:31 AM EDT2014-04-19 06:31:26 GMT
    A sudden lurch in a creeping landslide in the northwest Wyoming resort town of Jackson split a house in two and forced workers to abandon efforts to stabilize the hillside.
    A sudden lurch in a creeping landslide in the northwest Wyoming resort town of Jackson split a house in two and forced workers to abandon just-begun efforts to stabilize the hillside.
  • Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

    Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

    Saturday, April 19 2014 1:23 AM EDT2014-04-19 05:23:46 GMT
    People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's...
    People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's...
  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Firefighters Prepare For 2014 Wildfire Season

    Firefighters Prepare For 2014 Wildfire Season

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:33 AM EDT2014-04-16 04:33:39 GMT
    Wildfire season is just about here, and the Missoula Fire Department and Missoula Rural Fire District are already gearing up. Firefighters said every year they take different classes to train for the
    Wildfire season is just about here, and the Missoula Fire Department and Missoula Rural Fire District are already gearing up.
  • Griz Lax Gaining Popularity

    Griz Lax Gaining Popularity

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:41 AM EDT2014-04-17 04:41:14 GMT
    The Montana Lacrosse team is preparing for their last three games of the regular season.  They're currently 6-6 and with all three games at home in Washington Grizzly Stadium, they're hoping the playoffs
    The Montana Lacrosse team is preparing for their last three games of the regular season.  They're currently 6-6 and with all three games at home in Washington Grizzly Stadium, they're hoping the playoffs are on the horizon.
  • Frontage Road Crash Victim Identified

    Frontage Road Crash Victim Identified

    Thursday, April 17 2014 1:37 PM EDT2014-04-17 17:37:02 GMT
    The Gallatin County coroner says 30-year-old Kari Friedman from Bozeman died in a crash at the intersection of Frontage and Valley Center Roads Wednesday. The Montana Highway Patrol said Friedman was turning
    The Gallatin County coroner says 30-year-old Kari Friedman from Bozeman died in a crash at the intersection of Frontage and Valley Center Roads Wednesday.
  • Man Identified In Fatal Crash Friday Morning On Bowdish Rd.

    Man Identified In Fatal Crash Friday Morning On Bowdish Rd.

    Friday, April 18 2014 4:13 PM EDT2014-04-18 20:13:11 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The man killed in an early morning crash on Friday has been identified as 34-year-old, Alejandro E. Apodaca. Just before 12:30, Apodaca crashed his car on S. Bowdish Rd. He was traveling South on Bowdish near 17th when he lost control of his car, uprooting a tree in the front yard of a home.
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The man killed in an early morning crash on Friday has been identified as 34-year-old, Alejandro E. Apodaca. Just before 12:30, Apodaca crashed his car on S. Bowdish Rd. He was traveling South on Bowdish near 17th when he lost control of his car, uprooting a tree in the front yard of a home.
  • Wyoming Man Threatens Belgrade Police Officer

    Wyoming Man Threatens Belgrade Police Officer

    Friday, April 18 2014 12:47 AM EDT2014-04-18 04:47:25 GMT
    A Wyoming man is behind bars tonight after threatening to kill Belgrade police officers at a bar Wednesday night. Larry Ward Hill, 65, from Sheridan, Wyoming faces charges of intimidation, a felony and
    A Wyoming man is behind bars tonight after threatening to kill Belgrade police officers at a bar Wednesday night.
Powered by WorldNow

Sports

  • Sports
  • Community

  • Community
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Max Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.