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Tuesday, October 6, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Michael Graziano
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How Adelphi's Blakely Murphy Battled Brain Tumors And Came Back Stronger

Imagine being told you have a brain tumor.

You're 11 years old.

Imagine being awake while surgeons drill inside your head to remove it.

You recover, only to hear these same words four years later: "You have a brain tumor."

Imagine you never met your father because he died of a brain tumor.

If you're Blakely Murphy, you've lived this story, and instead of being scared, you're irritated when any of that gets in the way of a life that combines high achieving academics with a passion for athletics, specifically volleyball.

"I'm living proof you can come out of brain surgery better than when you went in, and it is possible to be successful without any deficits," the Adelphi University freshman said from her dorm room at the small liberal arts college in Garden City, New York, a 45-minute train ride from Manhattan.

You can only imagine how much wearing No. 8 for the Division II Panthers means for the decorated outside hitter, graduate of Smithtown (New York) East High with a 4.1 GPA.