The 2014 CLunger Beats 5000 – 5K Run / Walk
is dedicated to Michael Herman
- The Ohio State University – Class of 2015
- Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE)
- Diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in Jan 2013
- Treatments at The James Cancer Hospital
“I noticed some difference in my health by my endurance while running. I ran 3-4 times per week, with a goal of around 3 miles each time. I was really into 5k races at the time, so I figured that was, on average, a good goal. Yet, over a period of a month, I steadily declined in the distance I was able to run until I could not even handle a quarter of a mile. I knew I had to see a doctor or something after I began to get slightly feverish at evening hours, as well as developing frequent, drenching night sweats—my first thoughts were that I had mono. I went to the WilceCare Student Health center on OSUs campus, where they drew blood. Upon seeing the results, they referred me to The James Cancer Hospital. From there, I attended my appointment where I learned of my diagnosis—Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. I was diagnosed on January 24, 2013. I was 21 years old.
My overwhelmingly wonderful support system of friends and family has lifted me and carried me through treatments, along with the help of the caring and incredible staff at The James. I always chose the easier option, mentally; I knew that being pessimistic would bring no good and potentially end up being more harmful. Attitude is half the battle, and I believe that I have been a good sport through it all. I am so blessed and fortunate to have responded so well to treatments, and some days I wonder why or how I ended up in this situation. Yet, I laugh it off and find solace in the fact that everything does truly happen for a reason—good or bad. It’s cliche, but I buy into it.
Moreover, I am more than excited for opportunities such as CLunger Beats 5000. I am inspired by Cory’s bravery and ambition to keep on trucking. I believe that Cory and I share the same mindset in beating and overcoming cancer. Cancer took Cory’s life, yet Cory never allowed cancer to consume him; nor will I. I will run with Cory this year.”