Mike Thompson: A True Ironman

By natalie – October 6, 2010
Photo by Brian Fitzsimmons

When Mike Thompson was only 10 years old, he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a rare form of blood cancer found in children. Unsure of how to treat an adult form of Leukemia in a young boy, doctors told him his chances of survival were slim. However, Thompson is a fighter, and he and his family would accept nothing less than a successful outcome. Since his diagnosis in 1995, Thompson has undergone 76 operations, including two bone marrow transplants and facial reconstruction surgery that replaced part of his jawbone with the fibula of his left leg, all in an effort to beat the disease.


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