The day after Rob Long turned 22, he underwent surgery to remove a tumor in his brain. The tumor was malignant.
Rob would need radiation therapy and chemotherapy. An aspiring NFL punter, Rob faced his cancer like any of the opponents he faced as a four-year starter on the Syracuse University football team.
After his treatments were completed and the scans revealed the cancer was gone, Rob returned to his quest to make an NFL roster, a long-held dream that he refused all his disease to take from him. Rob has also taken up the cause of improving how brain tumors are diagnosed and treated.
Rob shared his “I Can Kick This” story of his battle with brain cancer to help raise awareness that the disease can strike anyone – even an elite athlete – and that everyone can fight against it.
On May 22, Rob sent a message to his many followers on Twitter:
Today is National Brain Tumor Awareness Day. I just want to thank all of you that have supported and followed me on my journey. #FindACure
Read Rob’s “I Can” story and those of other people who have battled various kinds of cancer with the help of the specialists at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson. If you have an “I Can” story of your own battle against cancer with the help of Jefferson, please share it with us.
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