BC'S MARK HERZLICH GOT BAD NEWS THIS WEEK

The outstanding young thespian in that flick is senior BC linebacker Mark Herzlich. His obvious sense of humor may be more useful than any of his considerable football skills in the extremely unfair and daunting task he has to do next:beat cancer.

"This past week, I got some news nobody wants to hear. After undergoing some tests to determine the cause of some pain I had been experiencing in my leg, I learned that I have Ewing's Sarcoma.

"Obviously, I was shocked. I had been extremely focused on preparing for my senior season at Boston College and for life beyond that. Now, I must channel all that energy into facing my toughest opponent yet, and that is exactly what I will do.

The Wiki entry on the particular cancer Herzlich has, a rare form known as Ewing's Sarcoma, says the five-year survival rate for the disease is 70-80%. With early detection, his prognosis is very, very good, but all happy thoughts to Herzlich, who after all is nasty enough to kick something like cancer's ass, but also nice enough to help nuns shovel snow (even if they have goatees.)

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