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MSU fan's cancer, whose fight received national attention, is terminal

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The die-hard Michigan State fan with cancer whose fight gained national attention has discovered his cancer is terminal.

Ryan Smigiel’s rituals of watching the Spartans every Saturday was interrupted by splitting headaches. In November 2014, the day before the Ohio State game, he was diagnosed with brain cancer.

Earlier this year, Smigiel gave out green wristbands to MSU players when he shared his story. Michigan State’s quarterback Connor Cook shared that story with the world in an ESPN interview.

“I’ve got Ryan Smigiel, a kid I met last year during the football season, he’s fighting cancer, he’s in remission right now, I’m pretty sure,” Cook said.

On Wednesday, his family announced the cancer was worse than originally thought, cutting off spinal fluid and causing pain.

“It is with broken hearts that we have to write this post...Ryan's condition is considered terminal and has weeks left on this earth before he is reunited with his maker… However, we all know how courageous and strong Ryan is and his God is even bigger.”

The family said Smigiel is staying positive and to beat it “he only needs 10 seconds.”

Smigiel's family has a GoFundme account to help cover medical and travel expenses.

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