Spartan Strong: The Strength to Overcome Cancer

Growing up in Rochester Hills, Michigan, Justin Alexander was the picture of health. A baseball player and quarterback of his high school football team, there was no reason to be overly concerned when he developed a persistent cough his freshman year at Michigan State University. So it came as a shock when he first heard he had Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of blood cancer that starts in the lymphatic system. Life as he knew it – an MSU student majoring in Experience Architecture – was placed on hold indefinitely to focus on his health and battle against cancer. This is his story: how he fought back after three rounds of chemo, two cycles of amino therapy, and one bone marrow transplant, to return to MSU and the pursuit of his undergraduate degree.