New Perspective on Goals

1 decade 2 years 1 week ago Monday, May 15 2006 May 15, 2006 Monday, May 15, 2006 7:00:50 PM CDT May 15, 2006 in Sports

"I had my first surgery about 5 and a half years ago, and that's when they found the original tumors," he recalled.

Strodtman recently flew to Houston for surgery.

"I have tumors, I have lesions and I have surgical scars," he explained. "And they released a little bit of it, but there's not much else they can do."

Foster added, "It feels like a father's missing. You're playing your best game and your father's not there to see it. That's what it kind of feels like when your coach is not there."

His kids rallied around him, helping him at home and raising money for his treatments.

"We all know and understand that he's not going to live a full life," said senior Kelsey McClure. "But, I think it's just too hard for us to say that coach is going to be gone sooner than we all expect him to."

Strodtman's back on the sidelines, with a cane in his hand but his spirit intact.

"Sometimes you're going to run into things you can't beat, but you don't quit," he said. "I'm here to say, 'Hey, I'm still here,' so, hopefully, that's a life lesson."

Soccer Pro will hold a raffle May 20 to help raise money for Strodtman's treatment.

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