RUSTON, La. – Louisiana Tech sophomore running back Jaqwis Dancy has been diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma, head football coach Skip Holtz announced Monday.
“Jaqwis is in a different battle right now,” head coach Skip Holtz said. “All of our thoughts and prayers are with Jaqwis. He is constantly on our minds and in our prayers with what we are doing as a football team right now. There is a dose of reality that we have a teammate and a family member that is fighting through a tough battle right now. For everyone on this team, it has brought a real sense of togetherness and appreciation for the blessings that we have on a day-to-day basis. We find a way to complain, moan and groan over the issues that we have. Now we have something close to home, a teammate in a battle for his life.”
Dancy learned of the diagnosis the Friday following the WKU game and is scheduled to begin treatment this week at St. Jude’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Holtz informed Dancy’s teammates the following Sunday evening. The team wore special decals on their helmets supporting Dancy during its 56-28 win over UMass this past Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.
Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a treatable form of cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system, according to the American Cancer Society.
“Our No. 1 goal is to be there for Jaqwis during this time in his life,” Louisiana Tech Director of Athletics Tommy McClelland said. “He has the complete support and love from all of us within the Louisiana Tech Family. He will be in our prayers as he battles this disease.”
A native of Junction City, Arkansas, Dancy saw action in all 13 games as a freshman in 2015, while totaling 17 kickoff returns for 296 yards. He was used primary on special teams throughout the 2015 season, but has been sidelined the first half of this season due to an ongoing ankle injury.
Dancy was a three-star recruit out of Junction City High School and was ranked 63rd nationally among running backs by Rivals in the 2015 class. He was a three-time state championship game MVP while helping lead Junction City to three consecutive state titles during his prep days.
Fans are encouraged two tweet support for Dancy using the hashtag #Dogs4Dancy.
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