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Nov. 26, 2018

Justin Alexander: Spartan strong

Nov. 28, 2019

Justin Alexander is a junior majoring in experience architecture and a cancer survivor.

Growing up in Rochester Hills, Michigan, Justin Alexander was the picture of health. A baseball player and quarterback of his high school football team, there was no reason to be overly concerned when he developed a persistent cough his freshman year at MSU.

So it came as a shock when he first heard he had Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of blood cancer that starts in the lymphatic system. Life as he knew it – an MSU student majoring in Experience Architecture – was placed on hold indefinitely to focus on his health and battle against cancer. This is his story: how he fought back after three rounds of chemo, two cycles of amino therapy and one bone marrow transplant, to return to MSU and the pursuit of his undergraduate degree.

Reused from permission from the College of Arts and Letters Dean’s annual report