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Oklahoma Sooners’ Center Austin Woods Diasgnosed With Hodgkins Lymphoma

It’s always scary when a friend or family member is diagnosed with cancer. It’s even more frightening and sad when it happens to a young college student, in peak physical condition, and in the prime of his life.

Such is the case for Oklahoma Sooners‘ backup center, Austin Woods.

Woods was diagnosed Thursday with stage III Hodgkins Lymphoma, a form of cancer that attacks the lymph nodes in the body. Woods underwent his first round of chemotherapy treatment, Monday.

The junior from Rockwall, Texas is the backup center to starter, Ben Habern, and is also the long snapper for extra points and field goals for the Sooners.

Monday morning, Woods tweeted the following, “Fighters mentality. Round 1…,” and made the diagnosis public for the first time. It appeared, based on the wave of support voiced from his teammates over Twitter, the diagnosis had been kept private within the football program.

Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops has not commented on the situation, or the status of Woods for the 2012 season and beyond. It’s safe to assume Woods won’t be able to play in 2012 for the Sooners, though.

The survival rate for people who suffer from the disease is well over 80 percent, so with the correct form of treatment, the odds of Woods recovering is extremely high.

Yesterday, the news of Woods’ condition was a tough pill to swallow for many OU fans. It’s never easy to hear a family member has cancer, and for Sooner fans, with their immense passion for the football program, team members are almost a part of everyone’s family.

Woods already had the support of his teammates and the coaching staff. Now that his diagnosis is public, the support from fans all over the country will be incredible.

 

To help support Woods, the OU team has designed a tank top for you to purchase. For information on how to do so, go here.