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SIC's Winslow Martin playing with lymphoma

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HARRISBURG -- College athletes have a lot on their plates, balancing both their school work and their team obligations, but in the case of SIC basketball player, Winslow Martin, there's been a much bigger battle to face.

Winslow Martin has played basketball his entire life, gaining attention of college scouts through his time playing for Carbondale High School, as well as his AAU team.

While he was trying to raise some eyebrows of college scouts at an AAU tournament two years ago, a bulge near his groin raised the eyebrows of the trainers.

"I didn't really take notice of it at first, because I thought it would go down eventually. But it stayed there for a little bit, and I started to worry. I started asking coaches about it, and they hooked me up with trainers, and trainers hooked me up with doctors," said Martin.

The doctors diagnosed Martin with lymphoma, and he began treatment shortly after.

Despite his condition, Martin continued fighting, and found a spot on the Falcons roster, along with an entire support system.

 "I just push through it every day, and it's kind of tough mentally, because you never know if you're alone or anything, or if anybody has your back through a lot of this stuff, but people make notice that they're behind me, and have my back," said Martin.

Martin began his chemo-therapy his first day of practice at SIC, bringing his condition to the attention of his coaches and teammates.

"At first, it was kind of hard, nobody knew how to quite take it. We kind of have to chip in sometimes, help him get to his therapy sessions and that type of thing. Everybody has been pretty good with that," said SIC head coach Mark Motsinger.

And now his team hardly notices Martin's condition when he takes the court, recently putting up a school record fifty points in a single game.

He credits his competitive drive to motivate him to play through the adversity.

"Definitely the competitive part about it, it brings out a different animal, I like to say. A different animal inside of me to make me push harder, and go harder for my goals, and getting better every day," said Martin.

And as Martin continues his treatment, getting better every day off the court hopefully can become a reality.

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