Worthington News

Coach battling colon cancer

Gussler supporters plan photo to send to him in Tulsa


The community is invited to gather for a photograph to support Stephen Gussler on Saturday morning, Aug. 10.

Gussler is the popular Thomas Worthington High School teacher and baseball coach who has been battling stage 4 colon cancer for more than three years. He is in a Tulsa hospital, recovering from surgery that is related to his illness.

At 10 a.m. Aug.10, his supporters will gather on the TWHS football field for a photo. Everyone is asked to wear a "Gusstrong" shirt, which will be available for purchase that morning.

The participants will spell out "Gusstrong" for an aerial photo.

The picture will be sent to Gussler to let him know people back home are thinking about him. Pictures also will be sold, with proceeds going to the Gusstrong Foundation.

Gussler, 42, has been baseball coach at Thomas Worthington for 16 years. He is married and has four children.

Despite a dire prognosis, Gussler has continued to coach and teach while undergoing aggressive chemotherapy.

The Gusstrong movement came together when students, baseball players, fellow teachers and friends decided to go public with their support.

In February 2012, students from Worthington Kilbourne and Thomas Worthington high schools wore Gusstrong T-shirts to a basketball game, surprising the coach.

A Gusstrong banner hangs on the right-field fence at Thomas Worthington, and many wear wristbands supporting the movement.