2014 Dedication – Mike’s Story

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

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“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.


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 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.”


-Michael Herman