Cancer in remission, Veingrad now headed to University of Michigan
BOCA RATON, Fla. (CBS12) —
One of the best student athletes in Palm Beach County is not getting a free ride to college.
But his story may be even more remarkable.
"I just thought it was the best fit for me, I felt at home when I went there," said Matt Veingrad, a defensive end from Spanish River Community High School.
He is off to the University of Michigan.
Veingrad almost didn't have a chance to make it to Ann Arbor.
He lost his entire sophomore year to a knew injury.
Then, the unthinkable happened. A month after the season ended in 2014, doctors diagnosed Veingrad with cancer. He had Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
"It symbolizes everything," said Veingrad. "It's behind me and I can move on to the future to hopefully great things and I'm just excited about everything that's possible," he said.
Veingrad is going to Michigan as a preferred walk-on athlete.
Instead of going somewhere else for free, he's paying his own way at Michigan for at least his first year, to play the game he loves, scholarship or not.
Veingrad's cancer has been in remission for the last two years.