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Ohio State freshman offensive lineman reveals bone cancer diagnosis

Ohio State freshman offensive lineman reveals bone cancer diagnosis, but vows to ‘fight this’ as teammates voice support: ‘We all here for ya!!’

A promising freshman on the Ohio State football team is battling a form of bone cancer.

Avery Henry, an offensive lineman from eastern Ohio, made the revelation on Twitter.

‘This isn’t the way I wanted to release this, but I know no other way,’ Henry tweeted Monday. ‘A couple days ago I was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer.

Avery Henry (left) is pictured alongside Ohio State teammate Tegra Tshabola (right)

Avery Henry, an offensive lineman from eastern Ohio , made the revelation on Twitter

Avery Henry, an offensive lineman from eastern Ohio , made the revelation on Twitter

Henry stressed that he plans on fighting the disease.

‘I will fight this!’ he continued. ‘I have never been a statistic and I never will! I want to thank my brothers and coaches for the endless support!’

Both running back Dallan Hayden and fellow offensive lineman Paris Johnson Jr. reached out over Twitter to offer words of encouragement.

‘We love you brother, we are with you in this fight!,’ Johnson wrote.

‘You got this brother,’ Hayden added. ‘We all here for ya!!’

Standing 6-foot-6, the 309-pound Henry was a three-star recruit coming out of St. Clairsville High School. He joined the Buckeyes in June, and appears to be in the team's plans going forward

247Sports ranked Henry as one of the ten best offensive lineman in football-obsessed Ohio last season

Standing 6-foot-6, the 309-pound Henry was a three-star recruit coming out of St. Clairsville High School. He joined the Buckeyes in June, and appears to be in the team’s plans going forward. 247Sports ranked Henry as one of the ten best offensive lineman in football-obsessed Ohio last season

Teammate Paris Johnson Jr. voiced his support for Henry on Twitter

Teammate Paris Johnson Jr. voiced his support for Henry on Twitter

Standing 6-foot-6, the 309-pound Henry was a three-star recruit coming out of St. Clairsville High School. He joined the Buckeyes in June, and appears to be in the team’s plans going forward. 

247Sports ranked Henry as one of the ten best offensive lineman in football-obsessed Ohio last season.  

‘Keep Buckeye O-lineman Avery Henry in your thoughts & prayers,’ tweeted local Columbus sports anchor Clay Hall. ‘He revealed tonight on social media he has osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer. I shot a feature with Avery in September as the 6-6, 300 pounder was being fitted for a custom suit. Looked good in that suit too. Best.’

Osteosarcoma is a form of cancer that strikes the cells that form bones. It’s predominately found in the legs and arms. Unlike many other forms of cancer, it’s more prevalent in teenagers and young adults. Treatment ranges from chemotherapy and surgery to radiation therapy.

The Buckeyes are set to play in the first leg of the College Football Playoff on December 31 against the top-ranked, undefeated defending national champion Georgia Bulldogs. 

Running back Dallan Hayden also offered support for Henry on social media

Running back Dallan Hayden also offered support for Henry on social media 

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