Kentucky football player battles cancer, raising awareness

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) - May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

Our sister station WKYT reports in July of 2018, 20-year-old Joshua Paschal found out he had melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.

Paschal is a Kentucky football player and says football helped him find the cancer.

"It was just a small spot, it started out probably the size of a small mole and I really thought it was a blood blister but I knew I didn't get a mole on the bottom of my foot," said Paschal.

Paschal underwent three surgeries and immunotherapy to fight the cancer.

He also says last season he felt the love and support from not only his teammate but also Big Blue Nation.

"Just to see like my team get motivated by what I was going through and just to know my brothers had my back and that's just something I can truly say that my brothers truly did have my back and they really made sure I was okay through everything," said Paschal.

Paschal only has a few treatments left and is determined to use his story to advocate for awareness.

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