Former Griz Football Player Battles Cancer - KFBB.com News, Sports and Weather

Former Griz Football Player Battles Cancer

Posted: Updated:
MISSOULA -

A former Griz football player prepares to take on different kind of physical challenge, after learning he has cancer.

Former linebacker Cole Lockwood got his diagnosis just last week and is now recovering from surgery.

Lockwood said he'd been experiencing severe back pain for several months, when he found a lump in his stomach.

His doctors thought it was a large hernia, but after two ultrasounds and a CT scan, they discovered something much worse.

"What they found was the lump is about the size of a cantaloupe," he said.

On Monday, surgeons removed Lockwood's right testicle, where the cancer had spread.

"I either have lymphoma that has spread or testicular cancer that has spread."

But, Lockwood is taking it all in stride, and said he's even pumped to go through chemotherapy.

"I'm ready to lose my hair and get really sick because that's what it's going to take," Lockwood said.

Lockwood said his mom beat ovarian cancer just two years ago.

"So, she called me this morning and told me it's my turn to walk the walk, so I'm going to be fighting it for her."

And more support has poured in from friends, former teammates and coaches, and even some Bobcat players.

"Alexa and I… cannot even begin to express how thankful we are."

Alexa added, "To see how many people love us and support us and want to fight with us just makes us want to fight even harder and even stronger."

Lockwood said learning his own diagnosis has only made he and Alexa's bond stronger.

"And really just fall in love with each other all over again, all the time," he said.

Lockwood said with the army of support he has behind him, he'll face cancer head-on.

"I'm not afraid to die, I'm just not ready yet, I want to spend a long time with Alexa and I want to be a good dad someday."

If you would like to make a donation to the Lockwoods, click here. There is also an account set up for Cole called the "Cole Lockwood Benefit Account" at Gateway Community Federal Credit Union.

  • NationalMore>>

  • Coalition sues over immigrants' access to lawyers

    Coalition sues over immigrants' access to lawyers

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:36 PM EDT2014-08-22 19:36:01 GMT
    A coalition of lawyers filed a lawsuit Friday to halt the quick deportation of Central American woman and children, saying immigrants at a New Mexico detention center don't have proper access to lawyers and are...
    A coalition of lawyers filed a lawsuit Friday to halt the quick deportation of Central American woman and children, saying immigrants at a New Mexico detention center don't have proper access to lawyers and are being...
  • Islamic State backers under scrutiny in US

    Islamic State backers under scrutiny in US

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:35 PM EDT2014-08-22 19:35:58 GMT
    Officially, the FBI agents who swarmed Donald Ray Morgan at Kennedy Airport this month were there to arrest him on a mundane gun charge. But they whisked him away to their Manhattan office and grilled him for two...
    Officially, the FBI agents who swarmed Donald Ray Morgan at Kennedy Airport this month were there to arrest him on a mundane gun charge. But they whisked him away to their Manhattan office and grilled him for two hours on...
  • Study: Combining vaccines boosts polio immunity

    Study: Combining vaccines boosts polio immunity

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:35 PM EDT2014-08-22 19:35:38 GMT
    Polio has been wiped out of many countries thanks to massive use of oral vaccine. But new research suggests trying a one-two punch where the disease is still a threat: Giving a single vaccine shot to children...
    New research suggests a one-two punch could help battle polio in some of the world's most remote and strife-torn regions: Giving a single vaccine shot to children who've already swallowed drops of an oral polio...
  • Most Popular

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.