CMU’s Bonamego diagnosed with tonsil cancer: “I will beat this.”

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MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — Just months after returning to his alma mater as the new head football coach, Central Michigan’s John Bonamego has announced he has been diagnosed with a “very treatable” form of cancer in his left tonsil.

“An excellent team of doctors here in Mount Pleasant and in Ann Arbor are overseeing my care,” Bonamego said in a statement Thursday. “While a diagnosis like this is always scary, I am blessed to have the love and support of my family and those around me — including all of you. I know I will never be alone and for that I am very thankful.”

“I will continue to coach during my treatment, although I’ll make some adjustments such as attending fewer external events for a couple of months. As I’ve said many times since returning to CMU in February, we have one of the best staffs in the nation, and we will accomplish our goals together.”

Bonamego has vowed to be ready to coach Central Michigan in their season opener on September 3 against  Oklahoma State at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

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