MOUNT VERNON — Junior first baseman Yanni Patten of Mount Vernon Nazarene University Baseball was recently diagnosed with Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma of the spine, and is currently undergoing heavy chemotherapy.

Patten is from Wadsworth and attended Medina Highland High School before coming to MVNU to compete on the diamond and study engineering. He has excelled for Head Coach Keith Veale throughout his three years, and is confronting this challenge head on and with a strength that has made a significant impact on those around him.

“On a team you need guys that understand what we are about and how we want to represent ourselves and our university,” said Veale.

“Yanni has been a consistent leader early in his career here. It is a devastating blow to our team, not just on the field but off the field as well. He is a team first guy with team aspirations. We are praying for a full and healthy recovery.”

MVNU Baseball, MVNU Athletics, and the MVNU community as a whole asks that you would be MVNUnited by continuing to support Yanni and his family through prayer as he undergoes chemotherapy.

Members of the MVNU Athletics Department are wearing #YanniStrong wristbands, with some still available at the front desk in the Ariel Arena offices. MVNU Athletics’ partner Zide’s Sport Shop has also created an online store for #Yanni Strong, with T-shirts for sale. All proceeds will go to benefit Patten and his family in their time of need. The deadline to order is Thursday, April 12.


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