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Mike Cohen


In 2004, 1,368,000 Americans were diagnosed with cancer.

This is where my story begins:

In the beginning of January 2004, I was just a normal guy. Like any guy in his teen’s, I noticed and ignored bumps under my throat while routinely shaving. I really didn’t think anything of it. I was noticing that my body felt like it was slowly and gradually get sicker and sicker. I felt completely run down and just as if my body was giving up on me. On January 18, 2004 the words were written in bright red blood dripping from a heavy cough. This day would change the rest of my life. A week before this happened; I felt my body telling me something in a language only I understood. I knew something was seriously wrong. 

Some people find out they have cancer through blood tests, through x-rays, and routine checkups. I was not so fortunate. After coughing up blood, I was rushed to the ER. I felt like my insides were going to explode, I was in so much pain. The nurse was so kind and gave me a painkiller for some relief. In my high, and momentary lapse of pain, I remember hearing the nurse talking to my parents. Cancer was a word that rang through my head, and hit me like a Mack Truck. Cancer. I became a part of that statistic. I was one of 70,000 young adults diagnosed with cancer every year. I was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia), a type of cancer that attacks the bone marrow. Being diagnosed was bad enough, but two and a half years of chemotherapy and cancer related procedures weren’t easy either. No more college, no more job. My new job was fighting for my life. And fight, I did.

Here I am today, twenty-six years old and cancer free. Cancer ripped me apart mentally and physically and what you see today is what remains. I have become a powerful, passionate, influential, motivated, fearless advocate of survivorship. Death visited me often during my experience with cancer, and I told him I wasn’t interested. I had other plans. Now, I am here to fight your battle with you. Cancer at first was one of the most intimidating “road bumps” a 19 year old kid could ever encounter. I beat cancer. (Just writing that gives me goose bumps.)

This upcoming year I will be celebrating my six-year cancerversary, in a bit of a different fashion. Since my day of remission, I’ve dedicated my life and made it my mission to bring attention and support to cancer survivors as well as the young adult cancer movement. At the beginning of April I will be road cycling from San Diego to New York. A film crew will be accompanying me through every stop along the way, watching my every move. We will be stopping at various bicycle shops in various major cities to celebrate young adult cancer survivorship. Additionally our hope is to have bicycling clubs/organizations and anyone who desires to join us on the ride. Just like Forrest Gump, I hope that people will ride with me, for as long as they want to celebrate someone they know whom Cancer has affected.

I am grateful for the opportunity to join forces on this journey with the “I’m Too Young For This!” Cancer Foundation ( They are a non-profit organization that gives voice to the young adult cancer movement to ensure that no one goes unaware that young people get sick too. Instead of succumbing to cancer, we should all GET BUSY LIVING!



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