Jersey City Board of Education President Mussab Ali has announced that he’s in complete remission after battling Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for the last eight months.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Praise be to God. These last few months have been some of the most difficult to endure during my lifetime,” he began in a statement his evening.
“After eight months of battling this disease and 12 rounds of chemotherapy, I am proud to announce that I am in complete remission. I am extremely thankful to everyone who has supported me throughout this journey.”
He also thanked the Memorial Solan Kettering Cancer Center staff for their great work. In addition to receiving treatment at the facility, he also worked as a legal intern there this summer.
“I cannot be more appreciative of individuals at MSKCC that I had a chance to interact with. Everyone at the hospital is committed to the mission of beating cancer and made me feel supported in my battle.”
Ali, 24, a Harvard Law School student, holds the distinctions of being both Jersey City’s youngest elected official for getting elected at 20 years old, as well as for being their youngest school board president at 23 years old.
He announced in March that he was undergoing chemotherapy for Stage IV Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which ultimately had him rule out the possibility of running for mayor or seeking re-election.
“As someone who has grown up in Jersey City, I knew that my community would have my back. Individuals from all walks of life reached out and offered me an immense amount of support,” Ali continued.
“Jersey City residents are among the most caring and hospitable in the world, and I am lucky to be a part of this community. I hope that I can continue to make my city proud.”