LEXINGTON, Ky. (WYMT) - It is an exciting day for UK linebacker Josh Paschal, as the redshirt sophomore announced on Twitter Wednesday afternoon that he is finished with immunotherapy treatments for his cancer.
"I'm excited to announce that today was my last immunotherapy treatment for melanoma," Paschal said on Twitter. "I have a lot of people to thank. First I want to thank my Lord and Savior for guiding me through this difficult time. My faith has become stronger. I want to thank my family and girlfriend for being there every step of the way and never missing a treatment."
"Lastly, to the athletic trainers, my teammates, my coaches and everyone in the #BBN, thank you for supporting me, praying for me and getting me back to 100. I can't wait to see what God has in store for me next," Paschal added. "See you this fall!"
The news comes just more than a year after Mark Stoops announced that Paschal was diagnosed with malignant melanoma on the bottom of his right foot at 2018's Football Media Day.
"Being able to go to the Women's Clinic like I did a couple of days ago and just people coming up to me to talk about how they are cancer survivors too and they looked up to me but they don't know that I have been looking up to them too," Paschal said last Friday at this year's Media Day. "Just because I have this platform doesn't mean what we are going through is even different. Their trials might even be harder. So just to see them push through everything helps me also."
Paschal missed most of last season, only seeing the field in three games. In those outings, he recorded three total tackles.
In his freshman season, Paschal tallied 17 tackles with 3.5 sacks.