BROWNFIELD, TX (KCBD) - The community is rallying to help a Brownfield High School coach diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma.
25-year-old Jeremy Watson was diagnosed with the rare form of cancer last month.
Watson graduated from Estacado High here in Lubbock and went on to be an All-Conference Wide Receiver for West Texas A&M.
His former college Coach Scott Parr was able to raise more than $10,000 dollars for him in just one day, thanks to a huge response from his GoFundMe account.
GOFUNDME: Jeremy Watson Medical Fund
Watson is a high school varsity coach at Brownfield High School. Those who work with him say he always has a smile on his face.
He says right now, he is still processing the shock.
"I wake up and some days it's like a dream that I can't wait to wake up from and other days it's real," Watson said. "Yesterday was real, I guess it gets more real as the treatment gets closer to me and I know that I'm fixing to start a new chapter, a new process, a new life. I've been fighting my whole life, so I'm ready for it. I know what I have to do, I know what I need to do, it's just getting my mind ready to do it."
Jeremy has had a golden reputation since high school, according to Lubbock High School coach Jesus Arenas. Arenas is planning a game fundraiser for Watson.
"Someone like Jeremy is just one of those good kids that I'd let him coach my kids," Arenas said. "He was a great athlete, but other than that he was just a kid that respected all the teachers and the coach and he wasn't a problem in the school. Hopefully we get to step up and get a lot of coaches involved and help him out."
Bryan Welps is the athletic director at Brownfield High School. He says Brownfield High is better because Watson is there.
"What a person, what a man," Welps said. "I'm glad he's on our staff. I'm glad we had a chance to hire him and him be here because he's really made a difference in our school. He made a difference in our program and what we're doing here, so we're going to do everything we can here to back him in Brownfield make sure he's well known. We're going to help him fight every step of this way."
Watson says he could not believe so many people came together to help him.
"It's just amazing to see that I'm thought of," Watson said. "I didn't know how many lives that I'd touched and people who remembered me but it's great to know that people care. Now, I'm not just fighting for me. When I found out, I was just fighting for me and my family. Now I'm fighting for everyone else. So it's not about me anymore, it's about them now. I know I have to beat this because...because I have to. I have to now."
A port was surgically implanted into Watson's neck last week. He was visibly in pain, but insisted that he felt normal. Watson will undergo six to eight weeks of chemotherapy starting Tuesday.