WATCH WJZ @ NOON ON SATURDAY | The Army-Navy rivalry comes to Baltimore. WJZ has live pre-game ceremonies and the game.

Former Basketball Standout Joins Marfan Foundation

BALTIMORE (AP) — A college basketball standout whose NBA dreams ended because of a rare disease is a new spokesman for the Marfan Foundation.

Twenty-year-old Isaiah Austin was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome just ahead of last month’s NBA draft, in which he was projected to be a first-round pick. The diagnosis forced the former Baylor center to quit playing competitive basketball.

Marfan syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissue. Undiagnosed patients are at risk of sudden death from a tear or rupture of their aorta.

Record label executive Ronald “Slim” Williams joined Austin for Saturday’s announcement in Baltimore. Williams also has Marfan syndrome and will also serve as a spokesman for the foundation, which raises awareness of the disease.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Baltimore

Track Weather On The Go With Our App!
Your Podcast Network Play.it

Listen Live