Andrew Jones, Texas Longhorns Star, Returns after Leukemia Battle and Has Best Game of His Career
Andrew Jones of the Texas Longhorns made a triumphant return to the game after battling leukemia.
Andrew Jones was living a dream, He was a sophomore playing for the Texas Longhorns and on his way to stardom, scoring an average of 15.3 points per game.
Then a wrist injury had him off the floor for four games, and that was when Andrew realised something wasn't right. He went to his doctor, and received the shattering diagnosis: he had leukemia.
Andrew's first game was a spectacular return to his beloved basketball
ANDREW JONES' BATTLE WITH LEUKEMIA
Andrew had to step away from his beloved basketball and concentrate on fighting for his life.
For two years, Andrew fought his disease with the same focus and determination with which he played basketball, and he won.
A TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO THE GAME
It had been 673 days since Andrew had last scored a goal, but his return to the game on November 5, 2019, was an unqualified triumph. He played the best game of his career so far and scored 20 points in 29 minutes.
It's been 673 days since Andrew Jones' last field goal in a game.— Longhorn Network (@LonghornNetwork) November 6, 2019
It's good to see him back. pic.twitter.com/GTJZLJJj4l
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS GRANTED ANDREW JONES MEDICAL LEAVE
When Andrew informed the University of his leukemia diagnosis, the institution granted him a medical redshirt for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons, permitting him to continue his studies even though he couldn't play.
ANDREW JONES' VICTORY
Andrew's first game was a spectacular return to his beloved basketball, and he contributed 20 points to his team's 69-45 victory over the Northern Colorado Bears. He said:
"Man, I can't even explain the feeling. Coach gave me a pep talk before the game even started. Reminding me about the 23 months, the last time I played. How much work I put in. I just had to trust my work and everything I've been putting in. Just come out here and play."
And play he did. Andrew Jones is a winner on and off the field and won the greatest prize of all: his life.
MAN GAVE UP HIS ATHLETIC CAREER TO SAVE A LIFE
Cameron Lyle was a track star at the University of New Hampshire and he would never have imagined that he would willingly give it all up - but he did.
Two years before, Cameron registered to be a bone marrow donor, but he knew the chances of matching a patient were minute.
To his surprise, he received a call telling him that he was a match for a 28-year-old man with leukemia.
Making the arduous bone marrow donation meant that Cameron would miss the championship games of his final season, but he never hesitated.
Cameron may have lost a chance at his medal, but he achieved so much more - he saved a life.