By Annie Barousse
Marshal Fisher, 17, has been named honorary student assistant head coach of the varsity tennis team.
Fisher was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of cancer that starts in the bones, in May of 2014. In July of 2014 he had an above the knee amputation on his right leg.
Fisher has been battling his illness for the last three years but it has been a long and painful journey.
On Jan. 3, he traveled to Shands Hospital with his mother, Betsy, to undergo further testing to assess his condition. He is going through more chemotherapy and another round of trial medication, and if those treatments are not successful, he may opt to have his left leg amputated, as well.
Betsy is a teacher at Leon, but is currently on a leave of absence to be with her son during this difficult time. She was one of the first assistant coaches for head coach Kevin Record.
Record asked Marshal last month if he would be interested in being the 2018 student assistant head coach and he accepted.
“I don’t want to stress the players out, but we need to be hard on them,” Fisher said.
The squad is dedicating their entire season to Fisher.