Thank you for supporting me and the more than 300,000 kids worldwide who will be diagnosed with cancer this year. By sharing the gifts of your time, talent and money with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, you're supporting research to give all kids with cancer a better chance for a cure.
I was diagnosed with testicular cancer two weeks after my seventeenth birthday. I had the tumor removed within just days, and started a rigorous six-cycle chemotherapy regimen shortly after. During the months I was in treatment, I had to withdraw from school. I was no longer able to spend my days with my friends, and the classes I enjoyed were taught to me at home. I worked very hard during that time and will graduatein June of this year Summa Cum Laude.
I learned a lot about myself when I fought cancer: I learned that I can either fight with a positive attitude or with a feeling of hopelessness. I learned that people are good and want to help, and I appreciated every bit I got. I also learned that I want to succeed, not just against cancer, but against the other struggles I'll have in life. I met so many great people in the oncology office that I never would've met if I hadn't been diagnosed and feel lucky to be a part of their lives. I know that I want to be active in the cancer community for the rest of my life.