Patrick Mourar via Crowdrise
May 29, 2014
BENEFITING: Cole Lockwood
ORGANIZER: THE IRONMAN FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Jun 29, 2014
Former Griz football player prepares to take on different kind of physical challenge, after learning he has cancer.
Lockwood said he'd been experiencing severe back pain for several months, when he found a lump in his stomach.
His doctors thought it was a large hernia, but after two ultrasounds and a CT scan, they discovered something much worse.
"What they found was the lump is about the size of a cantaloupe," he said.
On Monday, surgeons removed Lockwood's right testicle, where the cancer had spread.
"I either have lymphoma that has spread or testicular cancer that has spread."
But, Lockwood is taking it all in stride, and said he's even pumped to go through chemotherapy.
"I'm ready to lose my hair and get really sick because that's what it's going to take," Lockwood said.
Lockwood said his mom beat ovarian cancer just two years ago.
"So, she called me and told me it's my turn to walk the walk, so I'm going to be fighting it for her."
Alexa added, "To see how many people love us and support us and want to fight with us just makes us want to fight even harder and even stronger."
Lockwood said learning his own diagnosis has only made he and Alexa's bond stronger.
"And really just fall in love with each other all over again, all the time," he said.
Lockwood said with the army of support he has behind him, he'll face cancer head-on.
"I'm not afraid to die, I'm just not ready yet, I want to spend a long time with Alexa and I want to be a good dad someday."