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PHU coach returns to Moffitt for treatment

Published Sep. 2, 2005

After spending the past year battling leukemia, Palm Harbor University football coach Mike June learned he must return to H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center for treatment and will need a bone marrow transplant.

He told his team after last week's loss to Pinellas Park.

Bill Berry, an assistant, takes June's place for the season finale Friday against St. Petersburg.

"I knew about (the relapse) since last Monday (Oct. 27), but I didn't want to advertise it because we were playing in such an important game," said June, referring to the Oct. 31 district game against Pinellas Park that determined which team made the playoffs.

Diagnosed near the end of the 2002 season, June, 41, missed the Hurricanes' final two games to begin chemotherapy.

By May, June was coaching and thought he was leukemia-free. But last week his doctors noticed blood problems during a routine checkup. Further tests revealed the cancer was not in remission.

June is going through five days of chemotherapy. He will remain under treatment for the next three months while he waits for a match for a bone marrow transplant.