BENEFITING: Cancer for College
EVENT DATE: Apr 26, 2014
We'd like to introduce you to cancer survivor Michael Cox. This incredible man plans to hike 1,090 miles of the Appalachian trail on April 26th 2014 in support of Cancer for College. Michael is hiking in honor of his good friend and veteran Christopher Harlan who sadly passed away earlier this year.
Meet Michael Cox
My name is Michael Cox, I am a cancer survivor, a veteran and a full time student. I serve as Infantry Corpsman with 1/23 4th Mar Div and work full time as a personal medical assistant to former President George H.W. Bush. Beginning on April 26th 2014 I intend to hike all 2,180 miles of the Appalachian Trail in an effort to raise money for Cancer for College.
I myself am a cancer survivor which has in turn made me extremely passionate about giving back to the survivor community. I was diagnosed with Leukemia (ALL), on September 22, 1995 at the age of 4. I was treated at Texas Children’s Hospital in my home town of Houston, Texas. Some of my most vivid childhood memories stem from these days. Such as my first spinal tap, in which it took every doctor and nurse to hold me down. With these types of scenarios came an immense amount of heart ache, pain, and confusion. I recall making friends with patients one day and the next day having to come to the realization that they have passed on. One of the good memories I have is of all the amazing doctors and nurses who cared for me, Nurse Spoon (with the mole on her nose), Nurse Sammy who would always teased me about liking Barney, and Dr. McClain and Dr. Stueber with their funny ties.
The outlook on life and death that I gained while living with cancer, helped me make wise decisions as a teenager. Many of my peers dropped out of school or turned to drugs during these tumultuous years. Yet because of my experience surviving cancer I knew that no matter how difficult those years were, I was not only strong enough to get through them, but was also going to make a strong effort to better the lives around me. Since beating cancer, I have gone on to graduate from Klein Collins High School and joined the Navy in 2009. After joining I trained for 9 months before being transferred to the reserves. I was promptly reactivated to active duty where I was deployed to Afghanistan for seven months as an Infantry Corpsman.
I am hiking this trail in an effort to raise money for a cause that I truly believe in. As a survivor I believe that there is no better group of individuals to invest your money in, as these kids have seen firsthand how meaningful life truly is and are now forever motivated to use that gift to better the world around them.