Teen cancer survivor is called to serve others

2013-05-20 10:05:21 by Andrea Joliet, Assistant Director, Interactive Marketing & PR, as posted on the inside.akronchildrens.org blog.

In 2007, Akron Children’s Hospital featured Nick Reed of Salem, Ohio, in one of its documentary-style TV commercials. The hospital’s Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders had diagnosed Nick at age 14 with metastatic rhabdomyosarcoma, a soft tissue cancer that caused a tumor to grow at the end of his thigh bone. For the next year, he received a combination of chemotherapy and radiation to destroy the tumor.

Now 18, Nick is wrapping up his senior year at Salem High School. The tumor in his leg is gone. It was during a particularly powerful prayer session, as part of a youth mission trip, when he and his family believe the cancer was healed. The trip occurred just a few weeks after he completed his treatment, and up to that point, the tumor was still present. One month after the trip, Nick said the cancer was gone.

This faith is an important part of Nick’s life. He has received two scholarships to attend North Central University in Minneapolis, where he will pursue a degree in pastoral ministry.

He’s very active in his church, Rogers Assembly of God. Besides the youth group, he helps his dad in cleaning and taking care of the church, where he’s already preached his first sermon.

Nick is also passionate about music, especially jazz. He plays the trumpet in his school’s concert band, the bass guitar in the jazz band and is the drum major for the marching band. He’s also active in the German Club and German Honor Society and works part-time at the local McDonald’s.

He continues to be monitored every few months at Akron Children’s. Although his knee isn’t perfect since the tumor, it hasn’t limited him much.

For now, he is looking forward to graduation and pursuing his education so he can minister to others.

“I now know that God has a plan for me,” he said.

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