When my mom was battling cancer, she would tell me that she focused on the positive and never let herself believe for one second that she couldn't beat this disease. She said "I would tell myself, little by little, I'm beating this disease and I'm focused on getting better every day."
Through the journey with Haymakers for Hope, and in my life in general, I've taken those words to heart and I just try to get a little bit better, each and every day.
Why I fight?
Two years ago, my mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. It was the first time in my life that cancer had effected me in such a direct way. Over the next six months, I watched my mom fight each day focusing all of the energy in her 100 pound body on beating this disease. It means more than anything for me to say that my mom has now been cancer free for 18 months. She is the greatest fighter I know and she is my inspiration for my upcoming fight.
I'm doing my part to KO cancer through Haymakers for Hope, though my fight is nothing compared to what my mom and everyone else who battles cancer face every day. Your donations will go directly to the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University Hospital in Oklahoma (where I am from). The National Cancer Institute has recognized the center for its leadership in research and patient care. Ultimately, if cancer comes back for another round with my mom, this is where she will be treated.