It was recently revealed that Pittsburgh Panthers running back James Conner was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. The diagnosis put his playing career on hold.
Conner has kept a very positive attitude since being diagnosed with the cancer and the support he is receiving from his university has to only help boost his confidence as he prepares for the tough battle ahead.
According to a report from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the University of Pittsburgh is set to help Conner pay for his cancer treatment.
The school will be able to put money towards Conner’s treatment “partly through the department’s athlete insurance policy with UPMC and the rest from their general fund.”
“The arrangement is possible under a set of NCAA guidelines established within the past decade, in the midst of widespread calls for the NCAA to improve the quality of life of college athletes,” the report read.
“The NCAA requires all college athletes carry personal insurance, and Conner’s family plan will be the first line of coverage. After that, any other medical costs will be covered by Conner’s student-athlete insurance policy at Pitt, according to executive associate athletic director for compliance Dan Bartholomae.
“The NCAA allows schools to cover all medical expenses, and Pitt takes out a policy with UPMC for all of its athletes, primarily intended to cover athletically related medical expenses. Conner’s treatments will be covered by that policy because his condition impacts his ability to play football at Pitt.”
It is a very classy gesture from the university and one that can only keep Conner’s morale boosted.
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