Former CSC athlete undergoes stem cell transplant

Former Chadron State College basketball standout Jason Robinson underwent a stem cell transplant Tuesday morning at the Mayo Clinic in the Phoenix area.

Robinson, who lives with his wife and their three children at Queen's Creek, Ariz., has been battling lymphoma, a cancer of the blood, the past two years. The stem cells-some 600 million of them-were collected from the blood of Robinson's younger brother, Jeremy, on Monday during a six-hour procedure at the clinic.

Prior testing has shown that Jeremy is a perfect match for his brother. Tresha Robinson, Jason's wife, a native of O'Neill, Neb., and also a Chadron State graduate, has asked for everyone to "pray for a miracle" at about 9 o'clock today, when her husband will receive the stem cells.

Another family member said during a telephone conversation Monday night that Jason has been having "some nasty chemo" treatments recently and received a hemoglobin infusion earlier Monday in preparation for today's procedure. It will be several weeks before medical specialists will know if the procedure has been successful.

The Robinson brothers-Josh, Jason and Jeremy, came to Chadron State from Thompson Valley High School in Loveland, Colo., to score 5,081 points and grab 2,128 rebounds during an eight-year span in the 1990s. That made them one of the most successful brother trios in college basketball history. All three are in the CSC Athletic Hall of Fame.

Josh is now the head boys' basketball coach at Thompson Valley High. He was absent from that job this past weekend while being with his brothers and their families in Arizona. Jeremy is the girls' basketball coach at Liberty High School at Joes, Colo., and also has missed several of his team's games while staying close to the Mayo Clinic.

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