Avery Henry, a freshman football player for Ohio State, announced on Twitter that he is battling bone cancer.
Henry, an offensive lineman for the Buckeyes, says he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma a few days ago.
“I will fight this!” Henry wrote late on Monday. “I’ve never been a statistic, and I never will be!” I’d like to thank my brothers and coaches for their unending support!”
According to the Mayo Clinic, osteosarcoma begins in bone-forming cells and most commonly affects teenagers and young adults.
According to ESPN, the 6-foot-6 Henry did not play in a single game this season.
“We love you, brother, and we’re with you in this fight!” After Henry’s announcement, Ohio State offensive lineman Paris Johnson Jr. took to Twitter.
“You got this brother… We’re all here for you!!” jotted down Ohio State running back Dallan Hayden.
Henry, from St. Clairsville, Ohio, joined the Buckeyes as a 2022 recruit after previously committing to Iowa State.
“Being that my mom is a single mom, she can’t always make that distance,” Henry told Cleveland.com last year. “We always talked about what if Ohio State offered. I told my mom I’d take it if it came. It was incredible when I first got it. I didn’t realise it for the first day or so.”
Ohio State is the No. 4 seed in the 2022-23 College Football Playoff and will face No. 1 Georgia in the Peach Bowl on Dec. 31.