Survivor helps in the fight against cancer

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WOTV) A recent graduate of Hudsonville High School is using his experience with cancer to help others who are battling the disease.

In May of 2013, Thomas Sikkema started feeling depressed, had headaches, bad vision, and sleep issues. His pediatrician sent him to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, where he was diagnosed with a rare type of brain tumor. It’s so rare, only 30 people in recorded history have had it. He was given four weeks to live if his surgery wasn’t successful. After his surgery, four weeks of chemotherapy, and five weeks of radiation, Sikkema was pronounced in remission in November of 2013.

Sikkema says he met many inspiring people while in the hospital. He decided to use his love of baseball to help raise money for Milan’s Miracle Fund, an organizations that raises awareness and money for pediatric cancer. He helped organize a baseball tournament in Hudsonville that raised more than $11,000.

Sikkema now plans to be a pediatric oncology hematology nurse and will be attending Grand Valley State University.

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