Wildcats, Kansas’ famous football team, is happy to hear that their beloved coach Bill Synder’s recovery from throat cancer is going well. Synder shocked people when he announced that he was suffering from the deadly disease throat cancer during an interview last February.
“I’m doing fine,” Snyder said. “The recovery is ongoing, quite obviously. I’m doing fine, getting around fine and don’t have any issues right now, other than trying to prepare for the season.”
After announcing his condition, he also added that he was undergoing therapeutic procedures to battle cancer. Luckily, it was at its early stage. Hence doctors predicted that he would be able to recover from the disease fully.
At his late age of 77, Synder did not let the disease prevent him from coming to the Wildcat’s spring practice last Tuesday. He also expressed that he believed that his condition would not have any considerable effects on the incoming 2017 season.
Synder reportedly gave his piece of mind regarding the decision of Wildcat’s offensive lineman Scott Franz made to tell the public that he is indeed gay. It was already common knowledge among other members of Wildcats since last year. However, Frantz only decided to publicize it a week ago.
“I appreciated our players’ response and the response of our coaches and Scott’s response as well to his teammates,” Snyder said. “Their thought was, ‘OK, fine, let’s move on.’ They cared about him, he cared about his teammates, and the coaches cared about him and he cared about the coaches, so it wasn’t a major issue.”
“Yes, I had some uncertainty about it at that particular point in time and the impact,” Snyder added. “We talked about the impact it might have — not on his teammates in regards to how they felt — but the response from outside, the social media response, the response of the fan base, the response of the faculty and administration and the world, so to speak, and cautioning him that there could be some issues because of that.”
“We talked about it for an extensive period of time. What impressed me so much and allowed me to contact [ESPN reporter] Holly [Rowe] about it was the fact that he wanted to do it for the right reasons. … What he wanted to do was to help others, which was important to me. He wanted the opportunity to feel free to live his life, as he would like to do so and he felt hindered prior to that [announcement] being able to do so. I appreciated those things, because I thought they were meaningful. … I think the response has been excellent up to this point in time. I’m proud of him and I’m proud of our players and how they handled it.”
Doctor’s primarily blamed Synder’s lifestyle for his disease. Synder has been reported to skip meals because he found eating too time-consuming even going to the point of asking his doctors to find a way for him to skip meals. Earlier stages of throat cancer have up to 60 percent survivability.