Former Missouri Tigers coach Gary Pinkel is once again undergoing treatment for cancer, as he announced that his cancer is out of remission, according to ABC17.
Pinkel was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma back in May 2015, forcing him to step down from his position with Missouri.
Upon his retirement, Pinkel posted a 118/73 record and took the Tigers to a conference title game in 5 out of 12 seasons at the helm.
“I’m doing good. I had to get treatment again for the first time in four years. My cancer came out of remission, and so I had treatment last month. I’m doing fine,” Pinkel said.
“With my type of lymphoma, you’ll never be healed. But that’s kind of why I retired when I did – I just wanted to not go back and regret working 85 hours a week, 35 weeks out of the year when I could be doing other things with my family and my eight grandkids.”
Pinkel also talked about his foundation, GP M.A.D.E. (Making A Difference Every-day), that will help provide support for kids battling lymphoma and leukemia cancers, physical challenges, economic challenges and social challenges.
“I can’t imagine a nine-year-old looking in the mirror, you know you’ve got leukemia or lymphoma,” Pinkel said. “The importance of research is huge.”
“You keep battling it. I’m going to battle it, Pinkel said. “I’ve got a very positive approach to it, and I’m around a lot of good people that are helping me. There’s a lot of people out there with a lot worse cancers than Gary Pinkel has, and so prayers to all of them.”