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MontanaSports.com Original: #LukeStrong

Posted at 4:26 PM, Aug 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-22 19:07:37-04

BAKER — It was March 17, 2016 when the Gonsioroski family’s lives forever changed.

Luke Gonsioroski, the oldest of Charlie and Katina’s three children, was diagnosed with cancer. He won that first battle, returning to the football field in the fall and ultimately committing to walk on at Texas Tech.

The war wasn’t over, though, and the cancer returned the following spring. Luke Gonsioroski passed away on Aug. 7, 2017.

But in that time — from his diagnosis to his death — the former all-state quarterback showed his family, community and state what it meant to be #LukeStrong. He never wavered in his battle, inspiring people across Montana and beyond. He taught people strength, faith and compassion, leaving a legacy that will never die.

“The name Luke Gonsioroski will never go away. It is something that will stick around the state and, as we’ve all seen, around the United State. He was someone who you could always count on,” said friend Dallas Mack.

Gonsioroski had a profound impact, both on and off the football field, on Mack and countless others across the state. MTN Sports sat down with some of those friends and the Gonsioroski family — Charlie, Katina, Hannah and Hope — to remember the young man who helped bring together people from across the entire state.

With special thanks to the Gonsioroski family, Dallas Mack, Cade Torgerson, Ryder Meyer, David Koppang, Sophia Stiles and Baker football coach Dave Breitbach, MTN Sports presents the MontanaSports.com Original: #LukeStrong.