Tim Hankinson has coached in MLS, USL, NASL, colleges and overseas. (Photo courtesy of the Hankinson family)

Long-time soccer coach Tim Hankinson needs your help.

Hankinson, who has guided teams at the college and professional level, is suffering from Stage 4 Adenocarcinoma, which is a type of cancer.

His wife Yvette and friends have organized a fundraiser via GoFundMe.com.

Hankinson was diagnosed with the ailment when he went in for a routine check-up and physical.

He plans to undergo treatment of trial drugs that have not yet been approved by the FDA, so insurance might not pick up all the costs.

“He, of course, will do all he can to fight this. His soccer coaching career may be coming to a close, but there is a lot to live for,” the GoFundMePage said. “We are raising money because this course of treatment will have many expenses attached to it. He will have to travel to Houston each week for trial treatments and medical appointments. Some weeks he will have to stay in Houston for a few days at a time. Although the chemotherapy will be partially covered by insurance, we are unsure of how much of the trial drugs will be covered since they are not yet FDA approved. Cancer is expensive as we all know and without help this course of treatment would not be possible.”

Hankinson, 65, has coached in Major League Soccer at the Tampa Bay Mutiny and Colorado Rapids. In the North American Soccer League and USL, he has guided teams such as the Charleston Battery, Raleigh Flyers, San Antonio Scorpions, Indy Eleven and Chattanooga Red Wolves.

At the collegiate level, Hankinson has directed teams at Oglethorpe University, Alabama A&M, DePaul University, Syracuse University and Fort Lewis College.

He also had two coaching stints with Montego Bay United in Jamaica and UMF Tindastóll in Iceland.

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