Cancer patient overcomes disease to become varsity football player | KOB 4

Cancer patient overcomes disease to become varsity football player

Hawker Vanguard
September 14, 2018 09:33 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – September is National Childhood Cancer Month, when awareness is brought to a struggle the Mikus-Kauffman family knows all too well.


KOB has followed Mikey Mikus-Kauffman as he grew up and beat cancer. His mom, Carolyn, remembers when he first got sick as a young child.

“It was a lot to handle. He gradually got sick over the winter, he had a lot of fevers and that turned into pain in his feet.”

Those symptoms stumped doctors, and left Michael’s family with no answers. It took doctors from all over the country months to realize Michael had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a cancer that starts in the bone marrow.

Years of grueling treatments left Michael unable to walk. But that didn’t stop him.

He learned to walk all over again and decided to beat the odds.

“The doctors told him he would never play football," Carolyn Mikus-Kauffman said.

But Michael says he didn’t take no for an answer.

“It was a really big battle that I faced, but in the end I overcame it and I'm really glad that I did because I'm here, I'm healthy, alive and I just never gave up and now part of the football team," he said.

He plays varsity tight end for Manzano High.

Michael says he helps other kids who endure what he did as a child by volunteering at Camp Enchantment each year. For more information about the camp, click here.


Hawker Vanguard

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