Oklahoma football: Austin Woods hopes good fortune continues in battle against Hodgkin lymphoma

So far, so good for the Sooners' offensive lineman. Woods keeps getting good reports from doctors.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: October 3, 2012

NORMAN — The fortune from the cookie remains tucked in Austin Woods' wallet.

He didn't know it was lucky when he first put it there on July 1.

Offensive lineman Bronson Irwin and former offensive lineman Brian Lepak, along with Woods, went to the Asian Buffet in Norman near 12th Street and received their customary fortune cookie at the end of the meal.

Woods read his fortune, calculated the date in his head and tucked it away.

His fortune read, “Remember three months from this date, good things are in store for you.”

Since the spring football game, Oklahoma's backup right guard has battled Hodgkin lymphoma. He went through chemotherapy treatments throughout the summer, preseason and once school started. He missed one or two practices during the preseason because of treatment. He missed a couple more during season for the same reason.

Woods knew in July that if everything remained on track and his scans continued to come back with excellent reports, he would end his chemotherapy around the start of October. But he still had many treatments to go.

In order to raise awareness, the offensive line stepped up in support of Woods. Fellow lineman Gabe Ikard created jersey-like tank tops. On the front it said, “Beat Cancer.” The back had No. 50. Fans and teammates began to tweet at and about Woods using the hashtag #BeatCancer. At one point, the entire offensive line even shaved their heads.

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by Stephanie Kuzydym
Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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