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UNC Charlotte Student Fights Cancer and Inspires Others

UNC Charlotte Student Fights Cancer and Inspires Others

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Imagine if you were a 19 year old freshman, just beginning your professional journey, and then you get diagnosed with cancer.  That's what happened to Jacob Skrutowski, a student at UNC Charlotte.  He says it's been a life-altering experience for him.  

"It was June 2013 when I started developing symptoms and pain in certain places.  I went to the doctor.  That's what you do when you feel pain.  You feel symptoms that normally shouldn't be there."  

Jacob was diagnosed with Stage 2C Testicular Cancer last June.  He endured 3-4 weeks of doctor visit and test after test.  "They were like it's getting worse, we need to do surgery.  They did surgery and they diagnosed me with cancer."  Nine weeks of chemotherapy left Jacob doubled over with severe nausea.

Jacob says the entire journey was physically and emotionally exhausting.  Yet school became a relief from cancer, a disease that brought a cruel and unforgiving waiting game.  Jacob attended English class at UNCC via SKYPE during the ordeal.  His professor, Rhonda Waterhouse says Jacob is an inspiration. 

"He's a great kid.  He's a hard worker.  He's a lot of fun to have in class.  He brings a great energy to the class which is nice, and when he's not there, it's felt."

After more than two months of treatment, a real game-changer.  "They told me I was cancer free."  Jacob's father, Michael, says the entire family pulled together to support Jacob.  He says his son has been a true example.

"He handled the journey like a trooper and where he is right now is he wants to give back and help other people."  That's exactly what Jacob is doing.  He started a project called "The Cancer Video Project" to inspire others who are in the fight.  "[I will] create an inspirational archive of people who have survived incredible journeys through cancer." 

This is a story about how Jacob beats cancer and inspires a revolution of hope.
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