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Memphis center Karim Sameh Azab announces leukemia diagnosis

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University of Memphis center announced on Saturday that he has been diagnosed with leukemia lymphona via social media. 

The sophomore center out of Giza, Egypt announced on Saturday that he has been diagnosed with leukemia lymphona, and began treatment a few weeks ago.

“I found out a few weeks ago that I had developed leukemia lymphoma (AML, ALL),” Azab wrote in a Twitter post. “I have since started treatment and am working through the process, but I wanted to spread the word and ask for prayers to help strengthen me in this journey.”

Ex-Memphis coach Tubby Smith told Commercial Appeal he spoke to Azab recently, saying, “He was in good spirits, but he hadn’t started treatment,” Smith said. “He’s with the best medical people probably in the country there in Memphis, so we just pray that he’s going to be fine and he’ll overcome this. He’s such a kind person (and) caring with his teammates.”

Commercial Appeal also confirmed that after working with a lawyer, Azab’s parents are now in Memphis to be with him.

In last month’s statement regarding Azab’s illness, Memphis Athletic Director Tom Bowen said, “the resources available to help Karim in this fight are second-to-none and our Tiger family will do everything they can. We have a fantastic medical team and athletic training staff, and we are all with Karim as he undergoes his treatment.”

KingFut extends its’ best wishes to Karim and his family during this time.

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