By David Purdum / For the AJC
The Milton High School football team is hoping for a miracle.
Offensive line and strength coach Mike Scott was diagnosed in early October with an advanced form of cancer and has been given 6-8 months to live, according to Milton athletics director Gary Sylvestri.
Scott has stage IV Adenocarcinoma that began in his pancreas and has spread to his liver and lungs.
Sylvestri said the team is going through a rough time, but sticking together and vowing to play every play for Scott, who has been at Milton for five seasons.
“The kids are using the mantra of “Stay Scottstrong,” said Sylvestri. “They are rallying behind him, want him to keep fighting. Their reaction really shows how much Coach Scott meant to this team.”
Treatment options are being pursued, and the school has launched several fundraisers to help with medical costs. “Lift Up Coach Scott” bands are being sold for $5 at the school, and donations also can be made at GiveForward.com. There is also prayer page of Facebook.
–David Purdum, firstname.lastname@example.org