EAST LANSING - Arthur Ray is about to tackle another challenge in his battle to recover from cancer.
Still cancer free, the Chicago native is preparing for surgery to repair his leg, which was stricken with the disease. It had since developed an infection after initial treatment and now more work is required.
"They're basically rebuilding the bone in that area," coach Mark Dantonio said today at a media briefing.
"I saw him last week, he's doing very well," Dantonio said. "He'll have surgery either the 29 of May or June 12. I hope everyone keeps him and his family in their prayers and we'll continue to raise funds to help him in that area."
While it will be no walk in the park, the pending operation should be less of a marathon than Ray's previous trips under the knife.
"To give you an idea, three doctors worked on him for 14 and a half hours, initially," Dantonio said. "Now this surgery will be four doctors and it will be about a three hour, four hour surgery."
While playing football again might seem like a triviality, Ray uses it as motivation and the team embraces his courage.
"His attitude continues to be tremendous and he'll continue to work through this. But it may be another year before he plays football," Dantonio said. "That's his goal and that's his vision and we share that with him."
To assist the Ray family in their time of need, send donations to:
Arthur Ray Fundraiser
c/o MSU Federal Credit Union
600 East Crescent Drive
East Lansing, MI 48823
Or call: 1-800-MSU-4-YOU for more information