Mark Cunningham has been the head football coach at University High for 25 years. A quarter century of battles on the gridiron are miniscule in comparison to his battle to stay alive. Cunningham was diagnosed with throat cancer, which caused him to take a step back from the game he has devoted his life to, in order to focus more on himself. A return to the sidelines now breathes normalcy back into his life.
It's safe to say, he's a different man. One may not see his intensity on display, but his advice to anyone with a cancer diagnosis shows that Cunningham's fiery personality hasn't faded one bit.
"Cancer has become a disease that is not an automatic death sentence; it's a fight," he said. "You do what the doctors ask you to do, and you fight the sucker."
Fight is what Cunningham did. His love for the game helped him.