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Thursday, November 5, 2009

KU football player D.J. Marshall diagnosed with lymphoma

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Kansas University defensive end D.J. Marshall has been diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma and informed his coaches and teammates about the diagnosis Thursday.

"I am very thankful for the support that I've received from my family, my teammates and coaches, and from our medical staff," Marshall said in a release. "Coach Mangino is always telling us to "Saw wood," especially when our back is to the wall. I am going to beat this disease with their help and my hard work. I can't wait to get back on the field."

The red-shirt freshman will undergo more tests before doctors decide on a treatment.

"The prognosis for recovery from Hodgkin lymphoma is good," KU team physician Larry Magee said in a release. "We are optimistic that D.J. will make a complete recovery. Right now the most important thing is for him to have follow-up tests and then begin treatment."

KU football coach Mark Mangino said Marshall will remain with the team this weekend.

"D.J. won't practice, but he's part of our team," Mangino said in a release. "In fact, he will travel with us this weekend to Manhattan for our game against Kansas State. As D.J. faces this disease, we know he will do so with great determination. Our thoughts and prayers will be with him daily. We look forward to his complete recovery and having him back on the field as soon as possible."

Comments

KUSmurf 4 years, 10 months ago

Good luck, man. Hope to see you back on the field soon.

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DSommersby 4 years, 10 months ago

Get well soon DJ. You are in my thoughts and prayers and I know all of Jayhawk Nation is thinking about you. Keep a positive attitude and you will be great!

All the best!

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KU_Alumn_2000 4 years, 10 months ago

Dj...it's great to hear that your prognosis is good. Sounds like you already have the right attitude...keep sawing wood. Will be praying for you hoss.

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Clarence Haynes 4 years, 10 months ago

We all are pulling for you! God Bless!

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LHS1980 4 years, 10 months ago

Jayhawk Nation will be with you DJ.

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4jhawks4ku 4 years, 10 months ago

Keep Sawin Wood, DJ Just Keep Sawin Wood

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mikehawk 4 years, 10 months ago

May God bless you and protect you, D.J. Prayers are going to God for your speedy recovery.

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sdoyel 4 years, 10 months ago

The prayers of Jayhawk Nation are with you!

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jayhawkdon 4 years, 10 months ago

My prayers are with you. God bless you.

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Dyrk Dugan 4 years, 10 months ago

bless your heart DJ as you battle, and then overcome this. we'll be praying for you and your family here in the Jayhawk nation.

Let's go Jayhawks and whip those kitties!

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MrPilot 4 years, 10 months ago

My thoughts and prayers are with you, D.J. The power of the Jayhawk Nation is behind you and you will beat this! May you have a very quick recovery!

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100 4 years, 10 months ago

The Jayhawk Nation is behind you brother

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Bryan Summers 4 years, 10 months ago

God Bless, D.J. We're praying for you.

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Ben Kane 4 years, 10 months ago

go beat this thing DJ and I look forward to seeing you on the field shortly.

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FSUJHAWK 4 years, 10 months ago

Good luck DJ. Beat this thing and come back to the team to kick some Big 12 butt...

RCJHGKU!!!

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Rivethead 4 years, 10 months ago

Rock Chalk DJ! Keep your spirits up and keep sawin' wood.

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OmaHawk88 4 years, 10 months ago

Our prayers are with you and your family, D.J. Look forward to seeing you back on the field after you beat this thing. Let's kick some Wildcat tail for D.J. this Saturday. GO JAYHAWKS!!

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jhokfan 4 years, 10 months ago

Isn't this the same thing that the hockey player from Pittsburgh had? As far as I know he is doing fine so this is beatable.

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gchawk 4 years, 10 months ago

Our prayers are with you D.J., just keep the faith and you'll whip this. Rock Chalk

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Ryan Shelton 4 years, 10 months ago

God bless you DJ. We are praying for you!

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bergyju 4 years, 10 months ago

D.J. We are sending our best wishes and prayers for a speedy, and successful recovery! Can't wait to greet you back on the field....We miss watching you!!! God Bless!

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