‘Hockey is his whole motivation’: Gahanna’s Phillips refuses to back down in medical fight

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After being dealt a life-altering diagnosis in May 2018, Ian Phillips realized he had two options: sulk over the news or move forward with a positive attitude.

Phillips chose the latter, remaining upbeat nearly six years later and enjoying a productive life while battling Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) syndrome, which can cause tumors to grow in the eyes, brain, spine, kidneys, pancreas and adrenal glands.

Phillips’ disease was detected on his final day of sixth grade. He had been squinting excessively, and his parents thought he might need glasses. But upon examination, multiple tumors were detected behind his left eye. As the result of multiple surgeries over the next two years, he’s now blind in that eye.

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