More than a hundred former Tar Heel players and coaches have been contacted by friends and teammates of Quincy Monk in the last 10 days and have been among more than 300 individuals to make contributions to Monk’s GoFundMe page to help defray expenses in his battle with cancer.
Monk was admitted back to Duke Medical Center Tuesday. After recently suffering a stroke and seemingly making an incredible recovery, Monk was diagnosed with Adenocarcinoma, an aggressive form of cancer. Fellow Lettermen and others in the Carolina family can make donations to help Quincy by visiting the GoFundMe website at www.gofundme.com/quincymonk.
Quincy played for the Tar Heels from 1998-01 and then went to play three years with the New York Giants.
Teammate Kory Bailey had this to say Tuesday night about his friend’s battle:
“It’s a very big hill for him to climb. He’s not yet at the point he can have chemotherapy. The odds are stacked against him, but he’s fighting and keeping his spirits up. So many people have stepped up to lend words of encouragement and say their prayers and contribute to the fund.
“He was admitted back into the hospital today. He has breathing complications and swelling in his stomach. The goal now is to get him well enough to sustain chemotherapy. His body is fighting against him, but he’s fighting back. Hopefully, the doctors will find the right course of treatment to get him to where he can take chemotherapy. It’s a tough battle.
“Danny Davis called him a big teddy bear, but he was ferocious on the field. He played with passion, played with heart, led by example. He would do whatever it took for us to win. He was always the one telling people to do things the right way, to be accountable. He was right up there with Ronald Curry and Alge Crumpler in doing things the right way. He is such a good guy and means so much to all of us.
“I hope everyone who knows him or is a Carolina fan will open their hearts and make a contribution to Quincy, his wife Lisa and their family. We’ve had great momentum but need to spread the word as far as we can.”