Fork Union's Coach Fletcher Arritt Battling Lymphoma

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The longtime basketball coach at Fork Union Military Academy, Coach Fletcher Arritt is undergoing treatment for Lymphoma.

Coach Fletcher Arritt of Fork Union Military Academy

Coach Fletcher Arritt

Cadets and staff on campus are sporting new buzzcut hairstyles in solidarity with Coach Arritt as the chemotherapy begins to temporarily claim the last of his familiar thinning, white hair.

Coach Fletcher Arritt, the longtime basketball coach at Fork Union Military Academy, has been diagnosed with Lymphoma, one of the most common types of blood cancer. His cancer is described as Stage 3, just past the local stages of advancement but not widespread. Coach Arritt is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment for the condition, and he and his doctors express confidence that his disease can be effectively treated. Coach Arritt continues to maintain his normal schedule of biology classes and basketball as he completes his early treatments. Coach Arritt has been a coach and teacher at the Academy since 1966.

Cadets and staff on campus are quickly taking steps to show their love and support, with numbers of them sporting new buzzcut hairstyles in solidarity with Coach Arritt as the chemotherapy treatments temporarily begin to claim the last of his familiar thinning, white hair.

A new campus organization, Cadets Against Cancer, has been formed and is making plans to hold a twelve-hour “Coach Arritt’s Walkathon” on April 28, 2012 as a way of showing support and raising scholarship funds to honor Coach Arritt. More information on this event will be forthcoming in the days ahead.

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