N. Illinois University's former mascot fighting cancer

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 5, 2015 at 11:41 a.m.



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DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — The Siberian husky that served as Northern Illinois University's mascot for nearly a decade is fighting cancer. But that isn't stopping Diesel the dog from attending this season's football opener at Huskie Stadium.

The DeKalb Daily Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1g1VigR ) Diesel was diagnosed with lymphoma in August and seems to be responding to chemotherapy pills.

The dog was NIU's mascot for nine years. He represented the team at games and was once captured by ESPN high-fiving a cheerleader.

When Diesel stepped aside in 2013 he was given the title "mascot emeritus."

Tom Bonnevier adopted Diesel from a husky rescue before the dog became NIU's mascot. Bonnevier says Diesel would be out tailgating with Huskies fans before Saturday's game.

He says Diesel loves NIU fans and "looks forward to football season."

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Information from: The Daily Chronicle, http://www.daily-chronicle.com

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