Kansas football player diagnosed with lymphoma

Nov. 5, 2009

LAWRENCE, Kan. – University of Kansas football student-athlete D.J. Marshall has been diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. Marshall, a redshirt freshman from Mesquite, Texas, informed his coaches and teammates about the diagnosis today. He will undergo more tests before doctors determine a course of treatment.

“The prognosis for recovery from Hodgkin lymphoma is good,” said KU Head Team Physician Larry Magee. “We are optimistic that D.J. will make a complete recovery. Right now the most important thing is for him to have follow-up tests and then begin treatment.”

KU football coach Mark Mangino said Marshall will remain very much a part of the football team. “D.J. won’t practice, but he’s part of our team,” Mangino said. “In fact, he will travel with us this weekend to Manhattan for our game against Kansas State. As D.J. faces this disease, we know he will do so with great determination. Our thoughts and prayers will be with him daily. We look forward to his complete recovery and having him back on the field as soon as possible.”

“I am very thankful for the support that I’ve received from my family, my teammates and coaches, and from our medical staff,” Marshall said. “Coach Mangino is always telling us to “saw wood,” especially when our back is to the wall. I am going to beat this disease with their help and my hard work. I can’t wait to get back on the field.”