Kent State Student Wins Cancer Battle And Raises Almost $1 Million For Others Fighting Cancer

At the start of his freshman year at Kent State University in 2018, Tim Tusick was the epitome of health. Being a young and fit student-athlete, Tusick was working out to his normal routine of two to three times a day, until he noticed something was very wrong.

Tusick, a junior in Kent State's College of Business Adminstration, detailed his battle with cancer and how he never stopped fighting and helping others was featured in a recent story on WKYC-TV.

"I was someone that was in amazing shape,” Tusick told WKYC-TV. I started to wonder, “Why can't I walk to class? Why can't I walk up a flight of stairs without having to bend over on my knees and catch my breath.”

Almost three years ago, Tusick was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

He remained strong throughout the treatments, but did not want to stay silent. When the Leukemia Lymphoma Society reached out to Tusick, he quickly agreed to help.

"They have a campaign called Students of the Year. And they compete with each other in a span of seven weeks to see who can raise as much money for cancer research," Tusick said in the story. "We sold t-shirts posted on our social medias, had Super Bowl squares. We raised $960,000. It was a record-breaking year."

After the work both Tusick and the Leukemia Lymphoma Society put in, Tusick won the best match of his life: ringing the bell at University Hospitals to signify he was finally cancer free.

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POSTED: Friday, September 24, 2021 - 11:20am
UPDATED: Monday, September 27, 2021 - 10:20am
Cassondra Siaus