Isaiah Austin

The former college hoops star reflects on life after a diagnosis of Marfan syndrome forced him out of the game he loves most.
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Austin's new dream is being a role model, not just to Marfan patients, but to people facing any type of adversity. He believes it's his calling, one with a longer, stronger reach than he'd have as an NBA player.
Days from recognizing his lifelong dream of playing in the NBA, it came to an abrupt end. Austin made the emotional decision to forgo a basketball career. Unfortunately there was no other choice.
"We knew we wanted to do something that would allow his dream to come true. He's a special young man. And it was very difficult
In addition to other symptoms, the syndrome can also affect eyesight. Last year, reports USA Today, Austin revealed he's
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