Milton assistant coach battling Stage IV cancer | News
MILTON, Ga. -- Just a month ago, Milton High School assistant football coach Michael Scott was as healthy as anyone. Now, he is in the hospital with maybe days to live.
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"Compared to life and death, football's not all that important," said head coach Howie DeCristofaro. "He wants to be out here in the worst way."
After going in for tests for what he thought was acid reflux, Scott was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer that had already spread to his lungs and his liver. Scott's family learned this week he is beyond chemotherapy. At this point, they are simply trying to make him comfortable for his final days.
"The hardest part for he and I both was telling our six-year-old girl that Daddy didn't have much time left," said his wife Mary Jane.
The Scotts have two children, and he also claims seven figurative sons in the form of his offensive line. Scott coached the linemen at Milton; he brightens up greatly when they visit.
"Anything I get to do with the offensive linemen is near and dear to my heart," Scott said. "[I appreciate] that I know hands-down that I've made some sort of impact on them."
The Scott family is trying to raise funds to help cover medical expenses at this difficult time. If you would like to donate, go to www.giveforward.com/miracleformike. If you would like to leave a note of support and prayer, fill out the form below.