ROCKFORD – The family and friends of Boylan Catholic High School basketball coach Gordy Kasper are asking the community for help.
A GoFundMe page was set up to offset expenses associated with the recent cancer surgery and Kasper’s recovery, according to longtime friend and Harlem basketball coach Mike Winters.
“He was operated on on November 3,” Winters said. “They took a few lumps out of his colon and liver. It took a long time to get to the point where he could have the surgery and the prognosis is pretty good. “
Kasper is expected to miss about three months of work from his full-time job as a physical education teacher at Riverdahl Elementary School.
He has no more sick days and is currently waiting to see if he will be eligible for short-term disability. Any financial assistance provided to the family would be used to cover household bills, medical bills and travel expenses.
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About $ 4,780 of the fundraising goal of $ 7,500 was met on Friday.
Donations can be made by visiting gofundme.com/f/help-coach-kaspers-family-with-medical-bills
Kasper coached basketball at Boylan and other NIC-10 schools for 25 years, according to Winters.
“It’s so much fun to be with him,” Winters said. “He was my assistant in Jefferson when we took fourth place in the state. He also helped me at Boylan when we had a few Super Sectional teams there. So we’ve had success together and every time you do that you get a little closer. “
The NIC-10 coaches wore “Team Kasper” jerseys on Friday in solidarity with their colleague.
Kasper’s wife, Aimee, is principal at Constance Lane Primary School in Rockford. The couple have three daughters.