Sandia High School baseball coach fights cancer head on

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Sandia High School Baseball Coach, John Gunther, has been teaching at Sandia for 16 years.

He is an active guy and loves coaching the game of baseball, but in December Gunther started to feel like something wasn’t right. He went to the doctor and was dealt a life changing curveball.

“They basically said it looks like you have cancer, and after more tests they found it was stage 4 colon cancer, which has spread to my lungs and my liver. It is what it is, we got in a treatment program and we are fighting through this,” said John Gunther.

On Sunday, community members along with friends, family and even his players all helped in the Gunther Strong 5K.

“We are all behind him, we are all supporting his cause and helping him fight through what he’s going through”, said Sandia baseball player Erik Neal.

Over 400 people showed up to the event, and Coach Gunther’s faith along with his support system is really helping him through this process.

“I think my faith behind all of this has gathered a lot of people together and rallied behind me. It’s been a wonderful thing for me,” said Gunther.

Anyone who would like to help the Gunther family, can click here to donate to their GoFundMe page. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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