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Following an 18-month battle against Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Mitchell Meyers, an Iowa State Univerity defensive end has won the Uplifting Athlete’s “Rare Disease Champion Award.”
The Rare Disease Report explains that the Cyclones player was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in February 2015. Meyers underwent 13 months of radiation and chemotherapy to beat the disease and returned to the football field for preseason training in 2016.
Amazingly, Meyers found his fitness quickly and was one of only a handful of Cyclone players to start every game of the 2016 season. He also became the team’s captain.
Meyers will be presented with his Uplifting Athlete’s award on March 10 at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala in Atlantic City.
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