My name is Matt B. and I am 23 years old. When I was 19, right before my sophomore year of college, I was diagnosed with Pre B-Cell ALL Leukemia. This forced me to withdraw from Denison University for the year and focus on my daily cancer regimen. I received elite care at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.
After completing my weekly treatments, I was able to return to Denison and continue with my monthly appointments. After withdrawing again in 2016, I have since been able to return to school without any issues. I’ve completed my 40 months of treatments in November 2017. Since then, I have maintained a good bill of health, free of complications. I also was given the opportunity to advocate with University Hospital on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, discussing the importance of Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and National Children’s Hospital Day. I am graduating in May 2019 and ecstatic about interning with Teen Cancer America in July.