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Watch: Josh Paschal Receives the Heart of a Wildcat Award

Josh Paschal

The University of Kentucky held their annual CATSPY awards Monday night to recognize the athletic and academic achievement of UK student athletes for the 2018-19 season.


A number of awards were handed out, including the Heart of a Wildcat Award given to the ultimate competitor. That award was presented to Kentucky football player Josh Paschal.


Paschal was diagnosed with malignant melanoma last August after team doctors discovered a spot on the bottom of his foot. The UK sophomore immediately began chemotherapy and miraculously returned to playing football in November, less than four months after being diagnosed.


Paschal is still currently undergoing chemotherapy and he had a treatment on Monday. ESPN’s Holly Rowe was in Lexington to spend the day with Josh and present him with the award.

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