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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Former Highlands Standout, Kentucky Football Assistant John Schlarman in Cancer Battle

Back at UK Media Day earlier this month, head coach Mark Stoops told reporters offensive line coach John Schlarman was battling some troubling medical issues.

This week at his weekly press conference, Stoops revealed that the former Highlands standout was in a battle with cancer.

“Coach Schlarman is dealing with some very serious medical issues,” Stoops said. “At this point, John has gone through two rounds of chemotherapy and is handling things with a very strong attitude and strong mindset and is getting the very best treatment he can. And again, just continue to pray for him. Our thoughts and prayers are with John and his family.”

Schlarman first met with doctors at UK Health, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lexington and MD Anderson in Houston followed. They recommended Chemotherapy. Schlarman received his second Friday morning.

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Schlarman comes from a strong Fort Thomas athletic family, the majority of his siblings having been inducted into the Highlands Hall of Fame. He's former four-year starter at UK (1994-97) with a degree in mathematics and a love for football and coaching, first at the high school level (Newport and Campbell County) and then college, first at Troy and now his alma mater.

Stoops noted that even with the cancer treatments, Schlarman hadn't missed a day of work.

“He’s definitely battling a very serious illness and to John’s credit, he’s been at work every day,” Stoops said. “He hasn’t missed. Matter of fact, just walking over here just now, I just saw John walking out of the building with one of our other coaches to go for a little walk and get some exercise. Last Friday he had chemotherapy all morning and he was at practice in the afternoon. So, he’s been a warrior with this and, again, we’re just thinking and praying for him and his family.”

We're rooting for you, John.

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