Former Butler Bulldogs center Andrew Smith is one of the most inspirational figures in the sports world, having beaten cancer once already only to suddenly collapse months later and be legally dead for 22 minutes before coming out of a coma and not having any brain damage.
Smith will now look to inspire us all once again, but not necessarily in the positive way. In a recent blog post, his wife Sam revealed that Smith’s cancer returned in May and a bone marrow transplant will be necessary. Fortunately, a donor has been lined up.
Mrs. Smith further discussed the diagnosis in her post:
“We both lived in a state of shock and depression for a while after we were hit with this news,” Sam Smith wrote. “We’ve taken the past few months to cope with this and what it means for us. Family and close friends were told, but otherwise, we’ve intentionally kept things very quiet and private between us.
“Truth is, we’ve enjoyed normalcy. We’ve enjoyed having conversations with friends and strangers that didn’t center around cancer. We’ve enjoyed our leap of faith in buying our first home together, truly believing in the core of our hearts that we had beaten this disease and were free to move on with our lives.”
CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander, who wrote a piece about Smith’s first fight with cancer, reported that the current treatment involves chemotherapy, although less intense than the first time around. Recovery is expected to last a year.
However, the Smiths are staying positive, and Sam’s comment on the treatment says it all.
“It has great risks, but potentially, great reward,” Sam wrote in her blog.
Campus Sports sends its best wishes to the Smith family and wishes Andrew a speedy recovery.
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