I Won't Stop Until Cancer Doesn't Exist - Miguel Martinez

Hello,

My name is Miguel, I am a cancer survivor. I was 21 when I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, which was 5 years ago. One of the 4 tumors was actually wrapped around my spine, hindering me ability to walk, and made me completely numb from the waist down.

It took me 11 months to walk on my own again, no crutches or walker. I essentially had to re-learn to walk. Aside from not being able to walk, I had to deal with chemo, radiation, and all the crazy things that stem from that. Hairloss, bloating, all the different medications, bloodwork, bone marrow tests... I can go on forever.

For me, chemo lasted 7 months, once every two weeks. It was awful, but I powered through it. That was by far the most difficult thing I'd ever dealt with in my life. But I always kept a positive attitude. I also had an amazing support system helping me keep that positive energy.

Once I was in remission, I signed up for Relay For Life, then joined the committee for the next two years. It almost feels like my duty, as a survivor, to help other cancer patients. You can't imagine what it feels like to be told that you have cancer. My goal with joining the RFL was to make a difference, which I'm constantly doing because I won't stop until cancer doesn't exist any more. That's what I love about you guys, and this campaign. It really means a lot to me, but also to countless others.

Thank you for letting me share my story!

- Miguel Martinez

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