Bonded by cancer | UDaily

Later, when Atkinson arrived at Kay’s Camp, Fu and Turner, still regulars, welcomed him into their cabin. And while they couldn’t convince him to take part in their camp karaoke sessions – ‘Pocket Full of Sunshine’ was their favorite song – they did recruit the newbie for some teen talk, including a joke in which they got rid of all the beds. girls hut together before these beds are pushed against the front door, making the room inaccessible. (Atkinson, still wearing a cast from his cancer treatment, had to stumble – run from the scene of the crime.) Not to worry – the girls later retaliated by wrapping the beds of their instigators saran.

When it came time to go to college, the boys – more like brothers now – didn’t deliberately choose UD to be together. They each had individual reasons for choosing university, where a commitment to give back is part of the students’ DNA. Fu participates in the school’s organizational and community leadership program, hoping to one day work for a nonprofit that deals with leukemia and lymphoma – in the meantime, he volunteers with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Motivated by his experience with the limited number of male nurses during his hospital stay, Turner is participating in UD’s acclaimed nursing program – he has already used his studies as a medical assistant at Kay’s Camp, trying to pay for his own experience there . And Atkinson, a sports management major, was recruited to college in part because of his UDance work. He is a member of the group’s board of directors and works as a liaison between different campus organizations and a new generation of B + heroes.

“It was important for me to find the light during my treatment,” said Atkinson, who is still struggling with cancer-related complications, such as stage two kidney disease. ‘I always tried to be happy and smile. And now I can try to bring that light to others through UDance. “

This focus on positivity is shared by all three roommates, who will tell you they’ve been through too much to sweat the little things. Take the current pandemic. Do you need to isolate yourself from classmates? Follow virtual lessons? Wear masks in public? These limitations are nothing new if you have been a cancer patient, and they are nothing to lose your sense of humor about.

“When things seem as bad as possible, a little smile goes a long way,” said Turner. “I really believe that sometimes humor can be the best medicine. In my apartment we laugh all the time. “

Where could three guys who faced death feel so happy (and sing so much karaoke)?

That is easy.

“I wouldn’t be the person I am today without this fight,” said Fu. “It gives you a new mindset. It changes your perspective. It makes you want to be someone who helps others with whatever they are going through. For this reason, cancer was not a curse. Cancer was a blessing. “

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