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Can't keep him down

June 10, 2010

Playing football at Edison High School meant a lot to senior Luke Gane, but after missing football season and half of his junior year, being back on the field was more meaningful than ever.

The 18-year-old was diagnosed with a rare disease, aplastic anemia, and spent several months in the hospital going through chemotherapy and eventually a bone-marrow transplant.

Going from a healthy high school student to one fighting his own immune system didn't make him scared or angry — he trusted in God's plan. The real "heartache" was not being on the field with his brothers on the football team.

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Putting back on the uniform and returning to the football stadium with the smell of the field and the lights shining down on him was a big moment.

"To miss those 10 games and then to come back is truly indescribable," he said.

Despite missing several months of school, Gane returned as a varsity starter and kept up the grades and athleticism needed to earn himself a spot at UCLA and a walk-on spot on the football team.

The experience has made Gane want to help others through a career in the medical field.

— Britney Barnes

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