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Princeton Star Outruns Genetic Disease to Renew Football Career
09-18-2010 12:09 AM
Princeton University running back Jordan Culbreath blamed football training camp last season for the fatigue, headaches and sores in his mouth, until a blood test showed he had a rare genetic disorder that was slowly killing him.
After enduring 12 blood transfusions, 20 platelet transfusions and a 28-pill a day regimen of immune suppressants, anti-viral, anti-fungal and high-blood pressure medications, the former Ivy League rushing champion is set to return to the Tigers’ lineup for tomorrow’s football season opener against Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
“You can’t feel sorry for yourself because you won’t make it,” Culbreath said in an interview at the school’s football field in Princeton, New Jersey. “You have to be strong, you have to be positive and you have to tell yourself to keep moving forward no matter what you face.”
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