Friday, February 11, 2011

Alexis' Battle Begins

buy this photo BYU's Alexis Kaufusi, left, drives past New Mexico's Valerie Kast during a women's NCAA college basketball game in Albuquerque, N.M. on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010. New Mexico won 62-30. (AP Photo/Albuquerque Journal, Greg Sorber)
BYU sophomore forward Alexis Kaufusi has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and will not compete for the women's basketball team the remainder of the season.
She's played in a total of 20 games this year averaging 4.9 points and 2.8 rebounds. Kaufusi is undergoing additional testing to determine the best course of treatment.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Alexis and her family at this time," said head coach Jeff Judkins. "We wish her a quick recovery and want her to know that she has our love and support."
Hodgkin's Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system. Advances in diagnosis and treatment of Hodgkin's Lymphoma have helped to make this form of cancer highly treatable, with the potential for full recovery.
The family wishes to express their appreciation for all the support, well wishes and prayers during this time.
As a freshman in 2009-10, Kaufusi played in all 33 games averaging 16 minutes of playing time. She ranked first on the team in field goal percentage, recorded 10 double figure scoring games and posted two double-doubles.


dori558 said...
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dori558 said...

First off, you are an extraordinary person and I admire your bravery and character immensely. Your story has given me such hope. My name is Midori and I am a 21 yr old student from Pennsylvania. It’s getting close to midnight where I live right now and I am working on gathering info on Non-Hodgkin's, diffuse large b-cell lymphoma for my cousin and very close friend. He is 28yrs old and just got diagnosed a week ago. My cousin has never broken a bone, barely taken more than an Advil throughout his entire life...the diagnosis has come as a complete shock. He is fit, healthy, and an absolutely amazing person. His chemotherapy program starts next Tuesday and this time is so scary for us all. I come from an extremely close Italian family and we very unexpectedly found out this news. Last week my cousin, my mother, brother, uncle, and I spent 3hrs at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute in NYC talking to the doctors. We are so overwhelmed with all of the information thrown at us, especially my it is up to the rest of our "team" to do all we can to help him. I just spent the last 2hrs sitting here, reading your blog and I can't even thank you enough for supplying me with an insight into the journey my cousin has ahead of him. Although we honestly have no other option in our minds other than a cure for him, this time is extremely overwhelming as you know. Would there be any way possible that I could e-mail you some questions? I completely understand if your time is limited. I just really wanted to say thank you so much for sharing your story, you have truly given my family and I hope and support by just providing your story. Sincerely, Midori Rodriguez