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Any college football fan will know that the University of Florida and Louisiana State University football teams have been long-standing rivals for decades.
Both universities were founding members of the SEC in 1932, but didn’t meet on the grid iron until 1937. They began playing each other annually in 1971 and over the years, there have been notable games where the rivalry runs deep, including the LSU fake field goal in 2010.
Florida Gator fans put aside the rivalry to send their well wishes to a member of the LSU Tigers organization, Mike IV. Mike is LSU’s beloved live tiger mascot.
On LSU’s website, it was announced Monday morning (May 23) that he was diagnosed with “spindle cell sarcoma, a type of cancer“.
While his attitude and demeanor have not changed and he does not seem to be in any pain, veterinary student caretakers did notice swelling on Mike’s face and proceeded with some tests to see what the cause was.
Mike’s treatment plan consists of a “form of radiation therapy called ‘Stereotactic radiotherapy’ or SRT.” His cancer is not curable, but the treatment will allow him to live for up to 1-2 years.
LSU fans across the country have started using the hashtag “#MikeStrong” and are devastated by the announcement.
— The LSU Logo (@LSU_Logo) May 23, 2016
The hashtag is already trending in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Florida Gator fans have tweeted their condolences in response to LSU’s announcement.
Keep Mike and the LSU Tigers in your prayers.
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