University of Texas sets up donation site for basketball player battling leukemia

AUSTIN, Texas (KETK) - The University of Texas is doing the most they can to help out one of their own as he faces a tough road ahead.

UT sophomore basketball star Andrew Jones was recently diagnosed with leukemia

The 20-year-old Irving native averaged nearly 12 points as a freshman and considered leaving for the NBA draft, but returned to Texas after attending the scouting combine. His sister, Alexis, was a standout at Baylor and plays for the WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx.

Jones and his family need emotional and financial support to help him fight this battle to recovery.

UT set up a donation site in which all the money given will go directly to the Jones family to assist with medical and necessary family expenses as permitted within NCAA rules.  

This is the only official and family-approved fundraising page for Andrew.

Jones cannot accept visitors without prior approval from the family.

As of Friday at 2:30 p.m., 236  people had donated to the "Andrew Jones and Family Support Fund" with a total of $16,678 in support.

Any resources, tokens of support or requests for actions by outside groups or letterwinners should be sent to aj1@athletics.utexas.edu.  The university will be sure everything is shared with the family and reviewed for NCAA rules compliance.

 


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