Manhattan soccer coach passes Sunday after cancer battle
On Sunday, the Manhattan High School boys soccer Twitter page announced the passing of long-time head coach Frank Alonso.
According to a GoFundMe post to raise funds for Alonso's treatment, doctors deemed his cancer inoperable and extremely aggressive.
He had been battling stage IV pancreatic cancer.
According to the Manhattan Mercury, Alonso's cancer spread to his liver, and he had recently began chemotherapy.
His family was in the process of sending his records to hospitals across the nation in hopes of finding a clinical trial to participate in.
Alonso was in his 19th season with the program and his 13th as head coach. He was 52.
The Indians made their way through the 2018 state tournament, reaching the finals before falling to Olathe East, 3-0, on Saturday. At the game, players wore shirts that said "Frank's Tribe" on them in his honor, as Alonso was not healthy enough to make the match.
A GoFundMe page was crated to support Alonso's fight and raised over $45,000. The MHS soccer team also threw a fundraiser that brought in over $6,000 for Alonso's treatment.
MHS soccer family: it is with great sadness that we share the news that Frank passed away this morning. Those of us who have been carrying Frank in our hearts can know that he is no longer in pain.— MHS Boys Soccer (@MHSIndianSoccer) November 4, 2018