Russ Wicksall was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia at age 12. "You hear that you have cancer, and you can put any name in front of it as you want, but the bottom line is, it's still cancer and even at that age, you kind of felt like it was a death sentence," he said.
Wicksall said he was part of a clinical study that turned out to be what they are using now as the standard of care for ALL.
Doctors say that due to technological advances in detecting cancer and treatment options, more people are surviving cancer today than in previous years.
National Cancer Survivor's Day is Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Patriarche Park in East Lansing. The event is a celebration of life, and its goal is to instill hope in those still battling cancer.
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