A Missouri State volunteer assistant baseball coach is facing a battle with cancer and friends are raising funds to help him offset the costs of his treatment.
The reason? Craig Massoni is in an unpaid position with the team and the NCAA will not allow Missouri State to give Massoni a salary for his work with the Bears baseball team.
Massoni came to the Bears after spending two seasons in Jonesboro, Arkansas coaching in a variety of positions for the Arkansas State Red Wolves. Massoni helped the Red Wolves boost their offense, with the team ranking in top 25% of the nation for runs scored last season.
Shortly before coming to Springfield, Massoni was diagnosed with malignant melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Since coming to join the Bears, he has been shuttling between Springfield and Nashville for treatment.
“I love my life, I love the people in my life and I love my career and I intend to fight hard and do whatever I need to do to get back to that life,” Massoni wrote on social media in June.
Friends of Massoni are running a GoFundMe page to help him with living expenses and medical costs that have been hard to pay without an income from coaching.
The friends want to “lift the financial burden off Craig so he can stay 100% focused” on beating cancer.
If you wish to give to help Coach Massoni, click here to visit the GoFundMe site.