Before losing cancer battle, Ben Cushing brought rivals together

Ben Cushing was a 19-year-old freshman at Washington State when he was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of lymphoma. His parents, Scott and Alison Cushing, and sister, Emily, 23, are carrying on his legacy by raising money for “Cush it to the Limit,” a fund that Ben set up before his death to raise money for researching rare forms of T-cell lymphoma cancer.  (Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times)
Ben Cushing was a 19-year-old freshman at Washington State when he was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of lymphoma. His parents, Scott and Alison Cushing, and sister, Emily, 23, are carrying on his legacy by raising money for "Cush it to the Limit," a fund that Ben set up before his death to raise money for researching rare forms of T-cell lymphoma cancer. (Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times)

Washington State student and rabid Cougars fan Ben Cushing died Oct. 2 after battling a rare form of lymphoma. Beyond the story of a young man’s courage in battling “the rarest of the rarest” form of cancer, the ordeal transcends the Apple Cup rivalry so prevalent this week.

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