By RUSSELL HUFFMAN
STEPHENVILLE (February 21, 2019) – In January 2019, Stephenville’s Justin Monk was diagnosed with a pineal parenchymal tumor of intermediate differentiation (PPTID), a rare form of neurological cancer. He is fighting the tumor with radiation and chemotherapy for the multiple tumors in his brain and spinal cord.
Monk is a long time resident of the Stephenville area and a 2001 graduate of Stephenville High School. As a high school athlete, he was a 3 year letterman as a starting linebacker on Stephenville’s back-to-back state football championships in 1998-1999, a two-year letterman in track and field as a member of the mile-relay team where he helped set an SHS record, and was Stephenville’s first-ever state champion powerlifter, leading the Yellow Jackets to a boys team powerlifting state title.
After graduation, Monk served for 4 years as an infantry marine and was a squad leader during a tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Once Monk finished serving his country, he returned to Stephenville to earn his bachelor’s degree from Tarleton State University in kinesiology and nursing. Since graduating, Monk has been working as an ER nurse for the Hamilton Healthcare System.
Justin has been married to his wife, Monica, for the last 11 years and is a father to children – Jansen (10), Caden (8), Kinsley (3) and Addley (6 mo).
Approximately $3,000 in funds were raised by the concession stand at the recent Stephenville High School powerlifting meet. The money was given to the Monks to help with medical expenses.
The community is coming together to help raise more money for this family in the form of an exciting family fun day and football camp. There are lots of details about how to get involved here: https://www.monkstrongbenefit.com