When Ben Pike's fiancee, Ashlee Barrett, learned in April 2012 she was battling leukemia, Pike began to prepare for the end of his football career at the University of Toledo. Barrett, a former Toledo basketball player, already had graduated and was back in her hometown of St. Louis. Pike wanted to be with her as she navigated the long road of chemotherapy and recovery.
When Barrett, 23, learned Jan. 25 that the leukemia had returned, that the short respite of remission was over, the decision was solidified.
The 22-year-old will graduate in May and take his education degree with him to St. Louis.
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