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Meinholz's inspiring fight for life earns him spot with the Badgers

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Middleton's Matt Meinholz spent most of his senior year of high school fighting for his life. August 2011, he was told by doctors that he had a tumor the size of a golf ball in his brain.

"There's nothing in the world that prepares you for something like that," Meinholz said.

Meinholz missed his entire senior football season and much of his final season with the Cardinals' basketball team. He was in Boston receiving radiation and chemotherapy treatments to fight the cancer. Meinholz was in the hospital for nearly two months.

About nine months later, in May 2012, Meinholz was doing better and he served as the guest speaker for Wisconsin's Coaches vs. Cancer gala, where he delivered a speech so inspiring that Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan walked up to him.

"Bo came over to me and shook my hand and said that was one of the best speeches I've ever heard. You're really inspiring," Meinholz said.

"So I said alright look, I'd like you to come be a manager for us," Ryan said.

Meinholz was speechless, but he managed to get enough words out to accept the job. He had always wanted to be a part of a college basketball team as a player, and while he wouldn't be able to suit up with the Badgers, he was more than happy to be a part of the team in a manager role.

"Whenever you're someone that's defeated an enemy such as cancer, then you like to have those kinds of people around," Ryan said.

To see the video version of Matt Meinholz's story, click on the link.

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