On Friday, there was a very emotional moment at the Central Michigan Chippewas practice.
Chippewas head coach John Bonamega made his return to the practice field following an eight-week cycle of chemotherapy and radiation treatments for tonsil cancer.
Bonamega was diagnosed with cancer back in June, but his resilience led to that triumphant walk back on the practice field where he was welcomed by hundreds of people from players to members of the coaching staff and members from other CMU sports programs.
It was a great moment for all.
“I’m glad to be back, I’m glad to be done with treatment,” said Bonamego, via the team’s official site.
“I feel about as good as you can possibly feel coming off of seven weeks of radiation and eight weeks of chemo. The last couple weeks I’ve kind of dodged that question because I don’t want to lie and I don’t want to complain. I’m doing. It’s a relief to be done with the process.
“This is something that’s very grueling, I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. It wasn’t only difficult for me, but my entire family. I’m fortunate that Paulette is such a great wife, she’s really supported me throughout the whole process.”
After the tough and trying offseason, Bonamega’s team has been able to rally together. They now hold a very special bond with their head coach and will be fighting harder than ever before.
Their first test on the field during the 2015 college football season will be a tough one as they play host to the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Sept. 3.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to CMU Athletics