Jaqwis Dancy has been diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkins lymphoma.
Dancy was sidelined with an injury earlier this season when he complained about a lymph node during the rehabilitation process. The test results came back on Oct. 7, the morning after Louisiana Tech’s win over Western Kentucky.
Hodgkins lymphoma is a cancer that attacks the white blood cells.
Jaqwis will begin treatment on Monday and will miss the remainder of the football season. Louisiana Tech coach Skip Holtz informed the team of the results later that weekend.
Coach Holtz had the following to say:
“I’ve sat in those meetings when you hear that c (cancer) word and how has that is to deal with especially when you’re a 19-year-old sophomore in college athletics who is fit and healthy with what he’s battling. Jaqwis is in a different battle right now.”
Support has come pouring out for Jaqwis and his family via social media:
Jaqwis Dancy. We love you! Thoughts and prayers as you compete this week!
— Skip Holtz (@CoachSHoltz) October 17, 2016
— Cade Woodard (@cwoodard18) October 17, 2016
#Chiefs star safety Eric Berry also beat Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Still an uphill battle Jaqwis Dancy but hope is not lost
— Sean Isabella (@SeanTIsabella) October 17, 2016
Dancy is originally from Junction City, Arkansas and was the 63rd ranked running back in the 2015 class. He appeared in all 13 games last year on special teams.