Stockton Record — Kraig Clifton is not a shockingly different person than he was 14 months ago, when he was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer. Clifton, 43, is the same stern-but-compassionate Calaveras boys basketball coach, loving husband and father of four, and former overachieving player for Sonora High, Columbia College and Cal State San Bernardino.
If anything, Clifton’s a bit more present and grateful for life’s daily pleasures.
He’s undergone plenty of chemotherapy, but has been on a break since December to help his body recover and to replenish his bone marrow, per his doctors. But his tumors, both on his pancreas and liver, have decreased in size. The tumor markers – substances produced by the cancer or other cells of the body in response to cancer – have also gone down.
Not mentioned in the article is that Clifton played for CSUSB from 1994 to 1996, and holds the team season record for free throw percentage.
The article was published Jan. 28, 2017.
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