Over the last year, Joshua Paschal has been going through the biggest battle in his life as he’s battled cancer. Along the way, he has inspired many with his fight and how hard he worked to get passed it.
This week, Paschal underwent what hopes to be the final immunotherapy treatment for the skin cancer that was discovered on his foot last year.
Understandably, Paschal missed practice the day after his final treatment due to some side effects he was feeling from the treatment. However, that didn’t stop him from wanting to work out the day before.
This week, KSR’s Nick Roush caught up with Kash Daniel fto talk about Josh.
“This is a testament to what kind of worker Josh is,” Daniel said. “The other day I was in there working out. We got done working out earlier and it was only a 30-minute lift, so I felt like I needed to do something more. I was in there and low and behold, here comes JP. He starts doing some flies with me and here comes Coach White, pretty pissed off at Josh. I was like, ‘Why in the hell is he pissed off at Josh for?’ He (White) said, ‘You’ve got treatment tomorrow.”
“You didn’t tell me that,” Kash exclaimed. “All you said was, ‘Hey, can I do some work with you?’ You didn’t tell me you had effing cancer treatment tomorrow. That just shows what kind of guy he is and what kind of heart he’s had throughout the whole process.”
What Josh had to face was no doubt scary and could’ve put him in a bad mindset, and everyone would’ve understood. However, that is not the case for him, as he has become an inspiration for many, including Kash and the rest of the team.
After Josh finished his final treatment, Kash had even more positive remarks about Josh.
“The way he handled it and how he came to work every day knowing that he was going to beat it, knowing that his brothers had his back and knowing that he always had a smile on his face. He never complained, never once was in a bad mood. I told him it’s helped me, keeping me with a positive mindset and a positive attitude, no matter what’s going on.”
“He’s an unbelievable human being, an unbelievable teammate and I’m just honored to have him as a friend, first and foremost. Football is great, being a part of a team is great and I’m really thankful that this football team has helped me form a friendship with Josh that ain’t going to be broken.”
All of BBN has had their thoughts and prayers with Josh throughout this hard battle and seeing the way he has responded inspires me and I know it has inspired many others as well.