Notre Dame graduate assistant Kyle McCarthy took to Twitter to share the good news that he’s been given a cancer-free diagnosis. The former Irish captain had been battling an undisclosed type of cancer since earlier this year, staying with the team throughout surgery and multiple treatments.
McCarthy gave the following update via Twitter, declaring himself free of Stage 3 Testicular Cancer:
“Since being diagnosed with Stage 3 Testicular Cancer in July, I’ve had overwhelming support from so many people. I appreciate each and every one of your thoughts and prayers. This has truly been a humbling and eye-opening experience as I’ve undergone chemotherapy treatments and surgeries to fight this terrible disease. Fortunately this type of cancer was treatable, and with the help of amazing doctors and nurses, and incredible support from family and friends, I was given a clean bill of health. I am officially cancer free. I’m excited to put this behind me and turn the page on this chapter of my life. Thank you all for the support! It helped more than you could know.”
McCarthy is a first-year graduate assistant with the Irish after spending parts of four seasons in the NFL with the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders. He was working primarily with the safeties this season, assisting defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks.
As a collegiate player, he was a two-year starter for the Irish, captaining the team in 2009. He went over 100 tackles in both 2008 and 2009, totaling 240 career tackles for the Irish, the second most for a defensive back in school history.
While McCarthy has been limited in his working time, the NCAA a allowed former Irish safety Pat Eilers to work with the Notre Dame coaching staff. Eilers is on sabbatical from his job as a partner in a private equity firm for the season.