Friends seeking help for former Dutch Fork football standout fighting aggressive cancer

Michael Gasparato. Thomas Grant photos.

Friends of former Dutch Fork running back Michael “Gas” Gasparato are seeking the public’s health in his fight against cancer.

Back in January, the 36-year-old had a tumor for testicular cancer removed. His 6-week followup appointment showed no signs of cancer in his body.

After pushing a blocking sled, Gasparato had his back X-rayed for what he thought was an old back injury. Instead, it showed extreme subluxation in his back. Gasparato was examined at Lexington Medical Center August 6, where tumors and blood clots were found throughout his lungs, liver, back and ribs.

Doctors have reportedly told Gasparato he may have only six weeks to live.

The friends of the Gasparato family have set up a gofundme page to help the family with medical bills. They are also seeking connections to doctors with testicular cancer treatments.

“Mike is a warrior and is ready to fight,” said the friends on his gofundme page. “The cancer has put him on his back, but he is going to stand up and will use his experience to help others win the battle against cancers that have plagued his life. Please share with anyone that you know and help us in any way you can.”

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