A beloved baseball coach and english teacher at Olympia High School is fighting one of his toughest battles yet.
42 year old Todd McDougall was diagnosed with a brain tumor two weeks before Christmas. His wife, Julie McDougall, said he started complaining of headaches and flu-like symptoms.
"We thought he just had the flu so the kids and I just tried to stay away from him," said Julie.
When the symptoms continued, McDougall was rushed by ambulance to Seattle's Virginia Mason. That's where doctors made the frightening discovery. Since then, the community has rallied around Coach McDougall, his wife, and their three children.
Chris Woods is the principal of Capital High School in Olympia and a close family friend. To help the McDougall's cover their medical expenses, he decided to create t-shirts and sell them. He hasn't received a shipment yet, but they've already sold out.
"It seems like everyone in our community has says we've got a friend, a coach, and a colleague. What can we do to help. It's amazing," said Woods.
Friends have also created a Facebook page in honor of Coach McDougall. It's called Friends For Todd McDougall. Those who visit the site can find out how to buy the t-shirts and make donations to the family.
"I'm overwhelmed by all of the support we're receiving," said Julie McDougall.
The family is still waiting to find out if Coach McDougall's tumor is benign or maliginant. He also has to undergo surgery to have a (permanent) shunt placed in his head to drain the fluid and relieve pressure on his brain.