Andrew Roberts is a Cape Henry sophomore who receives injections to treat cyclic neutropenia, a genetic disorder resulting from a lack of neutrophils, a type of white blood cell critical in fighting infection. According to the National Institutes of Health, cyclic neutropenia is estimated to affect one in one million people worldwide.
Roberts, though, has endured the daily, painful injections while playing No. 2 singles in his third varsity tennis season for the Dolphins. Roberts’ lifelong condition recurs once per month and lasts for a week. Ulcers can develop in and around the mouth – so bad that Roberts sometimes is unable to speak or attend class. Another debilitating symptom is exhaustion, something Roberts has overcome throughout his already-decorated high school and amateur careers. He must strive for about 12 hours of sleep per night, which proves difficult with an advanced-placement class schedule he hopes will eventually help him attend Princeton.
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