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Herzlich Says He's Cancer-Free

November 14, 2009

Back in May, Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of cancer in his leg. Saturday during an interview with CBS19's Matt Parsons, Herzlich announced that his cancer is now completely gone.

Herzlich heard the good news when he met with doctors last Tuesday following his last chemotherapy treatment. He says that he will not be considered "cured" for five years, but this is the first step in his complete recovery. He will be undergoing surgery on November 23rd to have a rod placed through a bone in his leg and hopes to begin training shortly thereafter.

Herzlich is optimistic about returning to play college football and says he will definitely be back with his team for the first game of the season next year.

He also says he is touched by the 'Hoos for Herzlich campaign, in which the University of Virginia raised more than $8000 for Uplifting Athletes. Uplifting Athletes is a non-profit organization run by football student-athletes that raises money for researching rare diseases. Herzlich believes it shows a lot about the teams, coaches and players in the ACC to have this kind of support.

Click the above link to view Matt Parsons' entire interview with Herzlich from Saturday's edition of Cavalier Pregame Live.

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