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From Sushi to Superheroes, This Cancer-Free Kid Had the Best Answers to Our Questions [VIDEO]

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
September 4, 2018

It’s officially Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and we are kicking it off by getting to know Honored Kid Micah! Bright, curious and quite the dancer, Micah has been fighting neuroblastoma since he was 15 months old. Thanks to research, he’s now cancer free! So, we asked him our burning questions, like how does it feel to be a cancer-free kid? And what song is he dancing to these days? This is what Micah said…

Micah in the hospital and cancer free

(Left) Micah goofs off in the hospital during treatment for neuroblastoma in 2015. (Right) Micah plays on the monkey bars — something he missed doing when he was stuck in the hospital during treatment. After multiple relapses and undergoing many different treatments and experimental clinical trials, Micah is currently cancer free.

1) If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why? The ability to turn into any dragon because I love the “How to Train Your Dragon books, movies, and TV series.

2) What ’s your go-to song to sing and dance to? “This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman” 

3) What is your favorite 2018 memory so far? Going on a cruise down the California and Baja California coast with my family.

4) If you had to pick only one food to eat forever, what would you choose? Sushi! Sushi! Sushi!

5) What do you want to be when you grow up? And why? A doctor. Because I could save kids with cancer, and maybe develop a medicine that could cure or prevent cancer.

6) Tell us your favorite joke. Why did the little girl sprinkle sugar on her pillow? To have sweet dreams.

7) What is something people don’t know about having cancer? Or that people ask you? Sometimes it can actually be fun because you get to spend time in the hospital with your nurse friends and cancer friends. And there are movies and video games.

8) What did you miss doing those most while you were in treatment? Getting outside and moving around. I didn’t get to do a lot of that while I was in treatment. I also missed going to most of preschool.

9) What advice do you have for kids with cancer in the hospital? No matter what was going on, staying positive helped me feel a little better.

10) How does it feel to be cancer free?! I still have scars and other reminders, but other than that, I feel like I didn’t have cancer at all. I’m really grateful to everyone who works with cancer kids and who helps to make kids like me cancer free.

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