Athletes Kickin' Cancer, Inc.
Alex's Athlete Of The Month
Athlete Of The Month
Lacrosse Player for Indiana Tech University
We found out about Mike through his Mother, Ellen. She found our site while surfing the Internet and decided she would like to head up a fund raiser for our program. After hearing Mike's story there was no doubt that he needed to be our next Athlete Of The Month. You will be greatly inspired as you read his interview with us, as well as, words from his Mother and a dear friend. We thank Mike for sharing his story with us and our readers, as many will be inspired.
A big thanks, too, to Mike's Mother, Ellen,
his sister, Jess, and California Pizza Kitchen (Georgia)
as they head up our next Fund Raiser, at 2 locations!
(More details on our home page)
Stay strong, Mike!
Alex Avram, web site sports writer
Here are a few words from Mike's Mother, Ellen.........
" When Mike first came to me with the suspicion that something was wrong with him and that he wanted to go to the doctor I was surprised. Then he told me he had been up most of the night doing research on the internet and that he thought it could be cancer. I will never forget that day. Things happened quickly, tests, diagnosis & surgery but Mike was amazing. He quickly got back into life. 6 months later we got word that the cancer had returned. Even with that verdict and chemo in his future his attitude never changed. His faith in god has grown stronger and he continues to set new goals for himself. I am so proud of Mike and the incredible young man he has become."
Here are a few words from Mike's friend, Miss Taylor Jordan.........
"I Call Him Superman Two years ago, I met a boy. One year ago, that same boy became my best friend. Nine months ago, my best friend was diagnosed with cancer. Eight months Ago, he became my hero; he had beaten cancer. Three months ago, my friend learned that the cancer that he once thought he beat, had returned. It was not until then that I realized just why he was my hero or my “superman” as I called him. My hero had turned me into a firm believer in faith. He taught me that the one who walks closest to the Lord, is the one who truly succeeds in life. It was a brisk autumn night, when four of my closest friends came over to my house to hang out. Mike had just come home to Roswell from college in Indiana. We all sat on my wooden porch, reconnecting in the cold fall chill. It was good getting together and hearing what they had experienced so far in college, and how our separate lives had been. Then all of a sudden it seemed as though the night took a turn for the worse. We all turned our attention toward Mike because he said in his very quiet serious voice, that he had something to tell us. At this point we all knew that what he had to say was serious because Mike was not generally a quiet person. We all starred at him in disbelief when he told us that his blood work results for the past month had come back positive for cancer cells. All I could remember then were a million flashbacks from his last run in with cancer; his weak body laying on his couch, the odd text messages he sent while he was on his medicine, and the long dreadful day at school I had to go through while he was in surgery. With a tear in my eye I asked him what the doctors were going to do, and he told us that his treatment plan was to undergo chemo therapy in a long attempt to kill the cancer, for good. All I could imagine was a bald-headed Mike, my superman bald and sick? How was I supposed to deal with that? Of course as Superman, he told us that there was nothing to worry about, that God was on his side and that he beaten it once, and he knew he can beat it again. Even with what he was going through my superman was able to console me as I cried in his lap. Over the Christmas break my best friend went through his third round of chemo, and almost his last. When I saw him he was stronger then ever and still had not given up on his body because he knew iimy life that will truly succeed."
7. Do you feel being an athlete has helped through these tough times?
10. When will you graduate college and what will be your degree?
11. What advice would you give any other athlete who may be sharing your
12. What advice would you give to parents of teen or college age athletes
who are in your same situation? What can these parents do to be the best
support possible for their children?
13. Name at least one of your favorite athletes and tell us why they are
14. What additional statements, if any, would you like to make about your
Our Web Site Sports Writer
and Director of Public Relations
Miss Alex Avram
On the field with BUSA American Lady Jets
E-Mail Miss Avram: Alex@athleteskickincancer.org
Alex aslo invites you to visit www.SoccerSisters.net
Scroll down to the bottom of the page to read about Miss Avram
photo by Rick Byrd
Congrats to Alex for making the Dean's List for the University of West Florida as a Freshman and for being inducted into Phi Eta Sigma National College Honor Society her Freshman year.
About Miss Avram
2012 Graduate of the University Of Alabama
Alex graduated from Hoover High School (Hoover, Alabama) in May 2007. She entered University of West Florida, in the Fall of 2007 and played soccer for the college team. She scored 3 goals during her Fresmen year and the team went on to win second place at the Gulf South Conference losing to The University of Montevallo. Alex was invited on scholarship to play for Coach Patricia Hughes at the University of Montevallo but decided to attend the University of Alabama instead. She has played soccer since the age of 5 and has always enjoyed a lot of success. Played for the Lady Bucs HS Varsity Soccer Team and was the backup Goal Keeper. Her senior year she was named Captain and also won MVP and the Booster Club Athletic Scholarship. Alex is a 3 time Birmingham News All State and All Metro Soccer Honors Player. In 2007, she played for the newly formed Birmingham United Soccer Club Lady Jets '89 with Coach John Markey. Alex has participated with ODP (Olympic Development Program) and was on the Alabama State ODP team. She has her Youth Module Level Coaching License and enjoys coaching when time permits. She has received many awards during her soccer career but is most proud of an award she received in 2005 as a sophomore at Hoover. She was awarded the first annual Caitlin Sweeney-McDaniel Award for Courage. She received this award because of her relentless ability to continue pressing forward, giving even beyond her best, staying on top of her game, even though her Mother was diagnosed with Stage 3C Breast Cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy. At the time, Alex normally played defense but she scored a goal off of a corner kick when briefly pushed up as center mid during a game, the night after her Mother had surgery. She counts that as one of her most memorable moments! She had dedicated that game to her Mom and was determined to make it meaningful. She was a true inspiration to her teammates. Alex loves ALL sports and it is not unusual to find her curled up by the radio listening to a football game when it is not being aired on TV. She also enjoys playing her guitar, writing music, and singing in Church. She has a 17 year old brother, Rob Avram, who is in the band EveryDay But Frieday. He is one of the lead singers, plays guitar, writes songs, plays drums, and enjoys basketball. Alex's Mother is Ms. Patricia Lee, Founder-President of Athletes Kickin' Cancer Nonprofit, Students Of Survivors, Inc. Nonprofit, CEO of the SOS Discount Mall and the Work From Home Job Center. Her father is Dr. Stephen Avram of Sand Mountain, Alabama.
Kelly Donavon, Operations Manager