COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dimitrious Stanley, a former Ohio State wide receiver, passed away after a nearly four-year battle with cancer. He was 48. Stanley, a Worthington native, mostly played receiver for the Buckeyes from 1993 to 1996. Before playing in the Arena Football League and the Canadian Football League, he finished his final season at OSU by leading the team with 829 yards and eight touchdowns on 43 receptions.
Stanley’s death was reported on social media Thursday morning, including by the football coach at Thomas Worthington High School, Michael Picetti. In 2015, Stanley also put in a bid for the Columbus City Council. Subsequently, he worked as a consultant for a home health business and co-hosted local television shows before and after Ohio State football games.
The Buckeye shared his prostate cancer diagnosis on Facebook in October 2019, detailing doctor’s appointments that began with a visit to diagnose trouble urinating that led to a biopsy months later. In the post, he wrote he wanted to share his story to encourage regular doctor’s visits and early detection.
“I’ve learned men as young as 35 now are getting the disease,” said Stanley. “It’s not a death sentence if you get on early enough. Go get checked. Stay on top of it. Love all of you.”
After the cancer was removed via a prostatectomy, it came back in late 2020. Tyson Gentry, a fellow former Buckeye, began a GoFundMe campaign and raised more than $75,000 to help Stanley’s family with the rising medical costs. Later fundraising brought in more than $33,000.
As a result of the escalating costs, Stanley founded a nonprofit foundation to promote prostate cancer research and offer financial assistance to patients. Brave Men Inc. has offered numerous care grants to men with prostate cancer who couldn’t pay their medical fees during the past few years.
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