Senior wrestles at state after beating rare cancer

Senior wrestles at state after beating rare cancer »Play Video
Richard Bylund

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The high school wrestling state tournament begins Friday in Portland, and one Corvallis senior has overcome tremendous odds to get there.

Last spring, Richard Bylund was diagnosed with Stage-3 Burkitt's lymphoma, a very rare form of cancer.

Bylund spent the entire summer in and out of the hospital, doing chemotherapy treatment in two week intervals.

Now Bylund says he is 100-percent cancer free, and he even fought his way back onto the wrestling mat.

Last week he won the Mid-Willamette district championship in the 170-pound weight class and will be a three-seed in the state tournament.

"For me it wasn't that big of a deal because I didn't feel scared or anything.  The doctors at O.H.S.U. and Doernbecker Hospital, they're good.  They make you feel ready for whatever is going to come your way," Bylund said.

Corvallis head coach Ron Sather added, "I never saw him get down about it.  He was always like, 'Ok, I got the next chemo, I'm going to do that, I'm just going to keep going, I'm going to get through this.'"

Bylund says he has to do regular check ups about every six months to monitor his health.

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