Andrew Jones is wearing his signature smile once again, with some extra wattage on Friday because he was able to ring the bell that symbolized that he’s on his way to being well after finishing a round of chemotherapy at MD Anderson in Houston.
The last 8 months have been crazy and stressful for me and my family but with the grace of god we can see a better day. I’ll like to say th thanks to all the fans and supports #hookem #aj1Boom pic.twitter.com/r6gsu9uy3k— Andrew Jones (@DrewdotCash) August 24, 2018
The bell ringing marked a critical moment following an arduous eight-month process for the Texas Longhorns junior guard as he battles leukemia, which was diagnosed back in January.
But now he’s ready to return to campus and enroll in classes once again as he continues his quest to return to the basketball court this fall.
“As of today, I’m on schedule to finish up this current round of treatment on Friday in Houston and then head to Austin to move back into the dorm,” Jones said, according to the Austin American-Statesman. “I plan to begin classes next Wednesday for the fall semester, and I’m really excited and looking forward to being back on campus at UT with all the other students.
“I’ve still got some treatments down the road,” Jones added, “but I want to let everyone know that I’m feeling better and better every day. I can’t thank everyone enough for their support and prayers.”
Jones began experiencing flu-like symptoms when the Longhorns returned from a summer trip to Australia last year, but battled through the discomfort until he sustained a fractured wrist against VCU in December.
When he returned, it became clear that something significant was wrong, as his sluggishness increased substantially. Blood tests revealed his leukemia, beginning a long and intense process of chemotherapy.
An outpouring of support from across the country helped buoy Jones, who demonstrated a high level of resiliency in his battle with leukemia, and not for the first time in his life.
“I’m starting to embrace being a cancer survivor,” Jones said in a recent profile. “If I can inspire you just to get up in the morning, and attempt to make your life better, than I’ve done my job. I feel good.”
Now, if everything goes according to plan, Jones will also be able to call himself a Longhorns basketball player once again.