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Coach Crochet: Still Fighting

Lafayette, LA (KADN) –Former Loreauville football Kirk Crochet loves being retired and pushing his 7-year-old granddaughter Ava on the swingset.

“I swing really high and it is fun,” Ava Crochet said.

However, Ava’s grandfather’s life was swinging in the balance in February 2011. Coach Crochet was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

“The initial call from your doctor just a lot of things run through your mind,” Crochet said. “That was the most difficult part
it was very devastating at first but family helped us get through it.”

Crochet refused to continually ask himself, “Why Me?”

“You definitely have that, but you know that you have to overcome it quickly because you have to get on the road to recovery,” Crochet said.

Crochet was cured two months after his diagnosis but he gets a check-up twice a year to make sure he is cancer-free.

“When you get knocked down you have to get back-up,” Crochet said. “Giving up is not an option. You have to fight,” Crochet said.