PARKLAND, FL- Stoneman Douglas Girls Softball Coach Sal Vacirca lost his battle with brain cancer on Tuesday night. His wife announced Sal's passing on his Facebook page. Vacirca was diagnosed last June with glioblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer, and had spent the year undergoing treatment.
Sal Vacirca fought a long and hard battle against his cancer. Surgery to remove the tumor left him without feeling or movement in his right leg or hand. Vacirca was put on 12 months of chemotherapy and radiation to fight the aggressive cancer once the surgery was complete. He had a setback in September, as his brain began to swell as a side effect from the radiation. Through it all, he never gave up fighting or lost hope.
Vacirca was a family man first. He was a devoted husband and father of six children. His Facebook posts often shared his love and pride for his children and wife, Amy. Vacirca worked in higher education for over 30 years and was employed at Palm Beach State College. His second love behind his family was coaching. He was very active in the local sports scene, serving as a softball coach at Stoneman Douglas and also coached Parkland Flag Football. He developed strong relationships and served as a role model to the athletes he coached.
"He coached many travel teams and loved being a positive role model for his own children as well as the girls he coached," shared Amy.
Vacirca is survived by his wife Amy and children Sebastian, Nici, Annie, Matthew, Marissa and Haylie. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, community and his softball family.
A Go Fund Me called "No One Fights Alone" has been set up in Sal's honor to help defray the financial expenses the family is facing.
To support the Vacirca family, please visit their "No One Fights Alone" Go Fund Me page.