Diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) at age 15
Transformation is a recurring theme in Mickey Martinez’s journey from cancer patient to college student. In October of 2006, at age 15, he was diagnosed with ALL and began several years of treatment at Texas Children’s Cancer Center. In Mickey’s words, “Cancer changed my whole mindset. I started caring less about myself and more about everyone else.” Upon remission, Mickey’s journey to The Children’s Grand Adventure in 2009 revealed its own transformative powers. At first, Mickey hesitated to travel to Jackson Hole, but upon his parents’ insistence that he seize the opportunity, Mickey took the leap. He enjoyed the trip so much that he returned again in 2011. “A new me came home each time I returned from The Grand Adventure,” he says. Mickey has so boldly embodied the Grand Adventure that its leaders have invited him to become a program chaperone. Also inspired by the changes he underwent at Texas Children’s, Mickey is currently pursuing a pharmacy degree, with an eye on anesthesiology or oncology in the future.