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Alaska-Fairbanks Defenseman Justin Woods Diagnosed with Cancer

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Ewing's sarcoma is a rare type of cancer with only about 200 to 250 diagnosed cases per year, but for the second time in less than a month, a college hockey player has been diagnosed with the disease.  Alaska-Fairbanks sent out a press release today saying that freshman defenseman Justin Woods has been diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, the same disease that has afflicted Providence's Drew Brown.

Like Brown, Woods' sarcoma was caught early in the process, which is good news for treating this type of disease. Woods will undergo chemotherapy to treat the cancer over the next nine months, causing him to miss all of next season, but with hopes of someday returning to the ice for the Nanooks.

Also like Drew Brown, there has been a fund set up to help Woods, a native of Fairbanks, and his family financially as he undergoes treatment for the next nine months away from home in Seattle. You can donate here.