FAIRFIELD, CT - On Thursday night, August 2nd, more than 250 family and friends of head football coach Paul Gorham packed Sacred Heart's Chapel of the Holy Spirit and then the newly opened Linda McMahon Commons to celebrate his return home to Connecticut and campus after battling health issues over the past six months.
Back in January, Coach Gorham was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis which would necessitate he receive a double lung transplant. In early March, he received the transplant but during the coming weeks, his lower extremities were adversely affected and both of his feet had to be amputated. Despite the setback, he continued to battle and in mid-July was able to return to his family at home in Cheshire. He has even been able to return to SHU to see his fellow coaches for the first time and check-in on the Pioneers as they get ready for preseason camp.
Members of Sacred Heart University led by Executive Athletic Director Don Cook and a group of Coach's friends and family put together the event and fundraiser to help provide financial support as a result of his recent unanticipated medical hardship. Over 250 of Coach Gorham's family, friends, colleagues and coaching peers attended the event on Thursday night and helped raise over $75,000 to aide coach as he continues to battle his way back.
Brown head football coach Phil Estes, who drove out to the Cleveland Clinic to drive Coach Gorham back to Connecticut, spoke as well as Central Connecticut State Head Coach Jeff McInerney and Wagner Associate Head Coach Tom Masella. The evening was capped as Coach took the mic and address the crowd himself, thanking everyone for the thoughts and prayers sent his way over the past few months and expressed how great it was to be home.