Post Falls shows support for football coach battling cancer



Posted on February 19, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 19 at 7:01 PM

POST FALLS, Idaho.--The Post Falls community was rallying around its high school football coach Wednesday night as he undergoes the fight of his life. Doctors discovered Coach Jeff Hinz had a form of lung cancer after he broke his leg in 2013.   

Dozens of supporters and local businesses are helping Hinz and his family.

Parts of the sales at Pizza Hut in Post Falls were being donated to Coach Hinz on Wednesday.

Hinz has faced plenty of adversity on the football field in his 18 years of coaching at Post Falls High School. His biggest challenge came to him off the field.

"Basically, life kind of turned upside down Thanksgiving morning. I was around my house and my femur broke spontaneously,” said Hinz.

Hinz immediately had surgery on his leg. Doctors then discovered that Hinz had a form of non-smokers lung cancer that spread to his leg.

"Shock. Disbelief. Hard… especially with the family. Counting kids and everything. It was just, didn't know what to do, or what to say,” said Hinz.

Hinz took a leave of absence from teaching and begun chemotherapy. He has been surrounded by support in Post Falls. 

"The out crying of support from the team and the community has been overwhelming,” said Hinz.

Local schools, auto dealerships and even a gym have been supporting Hinz’s battle.

Post Falls alum and local Pizza Hut manager Joe Kerns decided to do his part.

"About a month ago, my buddy brought it to my attention what had happened. He coaches with him at the high school. He told me what happened, and I said we have to reach out and help him,” said Kerns.

Hinz said he is thankful for all the support but admits that he is already looking forward to next season.

"My goal right now is to continue teaching, and continue coaching and leading the Trojan football team,” said Hinz.

The fundraiser at Pizza Hit was set to continue until 9:00 p.m. Wednesday night.