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‘It set the tone for me,’ Student gives up NFL draft to stay by girlfriend’s side as she battles cancer

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PARMA, Ohio (WJW) – A man who gave up his shot at the NFL draft to take care of his sick girlfriend is getting a second chance.

Jamie Meder, 23, met Lyndsey Koehler in high school and they have been together for the last seven years.

Koehler has stood by his side, just as he stood by hers.

Two years ago, she was diagnosed with cancer.

At the time, Meder had a chance to train for the NFL draft.

However, he chose to put Koehler first and stay in school.

She told WJW , “He had practices and trainings and all that starting in the morning and he would be home every night. Drive to school every day to come take care of me.”

Meder said, “It was a hard time but my mom had cancer before that and I saw how my dad was a man during that, and it set the tone for me on what to do.”

He never regretted his decision and Koehler is now cancer-free.

With another NFL draft just around the corner, he is hoping to be selected by a team.

Koehler said, “He’s worked so hard for this. It’s not come easy, that’s for sure.”

Meder decided to attend his commencement ceremony at Ashland University on Saturday instead of touring the NFL training prospect facilities.