Monday, May 10, 2010

For this former USC basketball star, NHL (not hockey) became a life mission

LA TIMES writer Jerry Crowe captured this poignant story about a former basketball star for the University of Southern California. His NBA playing career was cut short by Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma, but he has reached the ripe age of 69 despite the trials and travails of managing the disease for virtually his entire adult lifetime.
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Former USC basketball star John Rudometkin continues to fight on — for his life

John Rudometkin, Carolyn

John Rudometkin, a two-time All-American who led USC to its last outright conference title in men's basketball, walks alongside his wife, Carolyn, at his home in Newcastle, Calif.
(Robert Durell / For The Times / May 6, 2010)

A two-time All-American for the Trojans in the early 1960s, Rudometkin survived a bout with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma that derailed his NBA career. Now, at 69, the long-term aftereffects of the treatments that saved him are threatening his life.

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