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Queens Tri Against Cancer

Queens University Triathlon

On our team page, we want to share Keeghan's story. It is an honor for all of us to raise money for cancer research with him this month: 

Cancer Story-

At the time of diagnosis, I was living in Austin, Texas, fully packed and ready to move to Charlotte, North Carolina. Our first challenge was whether to stay in Texas and battle cancer with a team at the University of Texas, or drive across the country, and begin a new chapter of our life while fighting cancer in Charlotte. I had 24 hours to make one of the most significant choices of my life. I decided that moving to North Carolina was the best for my fiancé and I and take on the cancer battle there.

In testicular cancer there is no option to do a biopsy it as it causes a spread of the cancer to other parts of the body. The only way to confirm the type and severity of cancer is to remove the body part and send to pathology to confirm the cancer.

When we heard from the doctor, it nearly took the life out of fiancé and I; The doctor called and told me I had two very aggressive cancers and that I was in stage three. Stage three is the same stage as Lance Armstrong and it correlates with an almost certain death sentence. I was facing death.

That Monday I met the doctor and found out there had been a miscommunication and the cancer in my testicle was not in stage three but rather stage 1 or stage 2, however, they still do not have evidence to confirm either stage. The next life changing decision was whether to have a very invasive surgery or go through chemotherapy. I decided to go through chemotherapy, met with my oncologist who told me that I would have to go through one round of a very aggressive treatment which included three different chemotherapies.

After an intense, life-changing battle, I finished my Chemotherapy and was able to ring the bell on September 21, 2021.

Since then, my numbers have returned to normal and I am cancer free. It’s difficult to look in the mirror as it’s hard to recognize myself. As a top athlete, it was hard to see my body 20 pounds heavier, have a massive scar, a bald head, and a missing body part.

Some cancers are death sentences and with your donation we can help the researchers who enable the survival rates to increase for all cancer patients. Please donate what you can, so people like me can continue to contribute to humanity and enrich the world we live in.

You can make a credit card donation by clicking on one of the members of our team below, or send a check to 

Swim Across America

, 8508 Park Rd. #389, Charlotte, NC 28210.

Check should be made out to Swim Across America but please include a note mentioning our team or the swimmer you are supporting!

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