With a handful of days before the Gamecock baseball season begins, devastating news has been reported about former Gamecock Justin Row being diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
A tweet disclosing details was posted by @USC_Mom on Twitter with Justin himself thanking fans and supporters for their love and prayers in the comments.
Justin Row has been diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin's lymphoma he is been treated and is in great spirits he is strong, he smiles, upbeat and doesn't go around saying why me. If there is anyone that could use prayers it is Justin Row. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/GVhmhXWBkP— Sherry ❤️🐔 (@USC_Mom) February 10, 2020
Several former teammates including Carlos Cortes of the New York Mets minor league affiliate the St.Lucie Mets and Logan Chapman, who now pitches for North Greenville University tweeted words of encouragement including their prayers to the Gamecock alum.
Chapman tweeted “Praying for you man, if there is anyone that has the heart and fight in them it’s you. Love you brother.”
Row had an impressive college career where he was named first-team All-State in the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association. He also earned first-team All Orange Empire while playing for Fullerton, a community college in California.
Row transferred to the University of South Carolina in his junior season, where he played in 29 games with 17 starts.
He hit .290 with 17 runs scored and nine RBIs. The highlight of his junior season was his game-winning RBI walk-off single in the 10th inning against the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Justin Row was the opening day second-baseman his senior season. He played in 57 games with 47 starts at second base, leading the team with a batting average of .347 (ranking 7th in the SEC).
Row also scored 33 runs, had seven home-runs and 25 RBIs. He had 15 multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI performances.
He was awarded the 2017-2018 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll at the University of South Carolina.
According to 247 sports, Row joined the Gamecock baseball coaching staff in January of 2019 as a student assistant coach under Mark Kingston.
Row has began treatments against the lymphoma.
In early stages Hodgkin’s lymphoma is considered one of the more treatable forms of cancer with the cancer attacking the lymphatic system.
His process will continue to be monitored by The Spurs Up Show.