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Sooners center from Rockwall-Heath didn’t get slowed by cancer

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(The Dallas Morning News) DALLAS – Austin Woods doesn’t want cancer to define him.

But he has to admit it has shaped his young life.

Woods, a junior center for the Oklahoma Sooners, just finished a year during which he battled and beat Hodgkin’s lymphoma. And as the North Texas native and Rockwall-Heath graduate prepares to live a childhood dream of playing in the Cotton Bowl, he said the process has made him stronger.

“Yeah, definitely,” Woods said of fighting through chemotherapy treatments while maintaining a tough practice schedule and being named All-Academic Big 12. “There are times you think you might not be able to do things, but then you just push through them. Then, when it’s over, you look back and think, ‘That wasn’t so bad.’”

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