Although it was 17 years ago, cancer survivor Geoff still remembers what it was like to be diagnosed with Burkett lymphoma presenting as leukemia at only 8 years old. When he was diagnosed, doctors told him that 98% of the cells in his bone marrow were cancerous.
Today, Geoff, who just turned 25, is a cancer survivor and software developer who loves music and travel. He decided to write a note to kids who may be where he was 17 years ago, unsure of what the future might hold. His encouraging words are below.
To all those kids out there who are feeling the heavy weight that cancer brings, both physically and mentally, don’t give up. There is always hope.
When I was diagnosed with cancer, I was told I had less than a year to live. A life that was sparkling full of possibilities almost slipped beyond my reach. But with the power of brilliant minds and all those out there who donate to fight this war against cancer, I was given a second chance to help change this world for the better – a second chance that I will never take lightly.
The life given back to me has allowed me to meet some of my best friends, build memories that I will treasure for the rest of my life and give back to those who are in need. These days, I am helping to develop scheduling software to empower health and safety organizations and I’m preparing for a trip to Japan to experience more of this wonderful and diverse world we live in.
Always remember to never give up and keep fighting for your dreams. There’s a bright future waiting around the corner for you.