Big West Freshman of the Year Mahalia White Diagnosed with Lymphoma

  0 Wendy Mayer | January 11th, 2018 | College - Women's Indoor, Division I Mid-Major, News

After a standout rookie campaign that brought her Big West Freshman of the Year and All-Big West First Team accolades, UC Davis outside hitter Mahalia White has announced she has Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

In an Instagram post last week, White shared her diagnosis.

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Hey all, it’s me! So 2018 is gonna be a big challenge for me. For those of you who don’t know, I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, called Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, the day right after my birthday (Dec. 3rd) (Happy Birthday to me am I right 😜) During my first season of college volleyball, which was a great season might I add lol, I was experiencing a lot of back pain but I had thought that it was just due to all the extensive activity that I was doing. Right after season, I got an MRI and cancer was definitely not something that I expected. I’ve been in and out of the hospital a lot this past month and tomorrow I am starting my first chemotherapy. With that being said, the cancer is curable and can be treated, but it will be a long and challenging six months. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a fighter and I attack anything (mainly volleyballs, but cancer too now) that’s in my way! 💪🏾 Love, support, and prayers would definitely be appreciated 😘😘😘 P.s. you already know I’m still me and I had to flex in the picture even though I look busted😜💪🏾

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The Canoga Park, California native, earned six Big West Freshman of the Week nods during a season that saw her pound down an Aggie freshman record 398 kills, an average of 3.55 per set, while hitting at a .246 clip

During conference play, the rookie upped her contributions to 4.19 kills per set and a .298 hitting effort, including six 20-plus kill matches and a season-high 27 against Long Beach State.

White’s announcement has already brought an outpouring of support from her school, fans and others across the nation with the hashtag #TogetherforMahalia.

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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