Ohio State freshman offensive lineman Avery Henry announced on Monday evening he was recently diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer that begins in the cells that form bones.
“This isn’t the way I wanted to release this, but I know no other way,” Henry said in a post on Twitter. “I will fight this! I have never been a statistic and I never will! I want to thank my brothers and coaches for the endless support!”
The 6-foot-6, 309-pound Henry is a former three-star prospect from St. Clairsville, Ohio, who joined the Buckeyes as part of their class of 2022. He enrolled in classes in June but has not appeared in a game to this point in his career.
According to the Mayo Clinic, osteosarcoma “tends to occur in teenagers and young adults, but it can also occur in younger children and older adults.” Innovations in treatment have “greatly improved the outlook (prognosis) for this cancer over the years.”
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Henry’s diagnosis brings to mind former Muskegon, Mich., three-star defensive lineman Dametrius “Meechie” Walker, who died earlier this month at age 18 following a two-year battle with osteosarcoma.
Walker grew up rooting for Michigan and word of his battle spread to the Wolverines’ football team, who invited him to attend two games this fall and named him an honorary member of the program.
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