Youth Given 8 Months to Live Has Beaten Aggressive Blood Cancer, Now Inspires Others:
Michael Cramer via SWNS
A young Florida man given just eight months to live has beaten a rare and aggressive blood cancer, after nearly dying multiple times during treatments. Now he is inspiring others who are going through health hardships. Michael Cramer went to see a doctor after suffering fatigue, night sweats, and weight loss. He thought these symptoms were caused by the stress of COVID-19 lockdowns, but the blood test showed something was wrong and he was told to see a blood specialist immediately. Michael was then diagnosed with Hepatosplenic T-cell Lymphoma (HSTCL) in July 2020 and was told he might only have eight months to live. He underwent many procedures including chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant that almost caused his liver to completely fail. However, in June of 2022 Michael started a new treatment at the University of Miami Cancer Institute, called extracorporeal photopheresis (ECP). The treatment separated his blood, treated it, and returned it back to him, which ultimately provided the solution that is still saving his life today. Now, Michael is inspiring people through social media and his podcast with his mom to give people hope so they can keep fighting cancer.
Keanu Reeves Creates Comic Books with New Superhero that Kinda Looks Like Him:
Keanu Reeves made his comic book writing debut recently with BRZRKR, an exceptionally-violent graphic novel about an immortal warrior’s blood-fueled quest for the truth of his existence. Launched in 2021 with acclaimed illustrator Ron Garney, and co-written with New York Times bestseller Matt Kindt, it was the highest-selling comic book launch in 30 years, and volume two hit shelves two weeks ago. “I love telling stories,” Reeves said recently on Jimmy Kimmel’s show, adding that he had always read comic books as a kid, and gradually selected those most appropriate for his age group. He said he enjoyed the classics: Superman, Batman, and Spiderman at 12-14 years of age, but switched to Frank Miller’s more violent work, such as The Wolverine, after that. Noticing that the main character, an immortal 80,000-year-old warrior looked an awful lot like Reeves, Kimmel asks if that was by design, to which Reeves began nodding his head like a 6-year-old who was just asked if he wanted an ice cream cone. Ron Garney drew all the art for the new volume on paper, rather than digitally on a computer, which Reeves said gave it an authentic feeling.
Ukraine Girl Bereft Without Her Cat is Reunited Thanks to Kind Strangers in 5 Countries and 7,000 Miles:
A truly astonishing story of war-time goodwill to mend 10-year-old Agnessa’s broken heart will bring a tear to almost anyone’s eyes. It all started on that fateful late February morning as Russian forces poured over the border into their southern neighbor. The Bezhenar family decided to flee Odessa, but just didn’t have the means to take an animal along. After arriving in a refugee camp in Romania, the family was linked via a refugee program to a man in the Bay Area who had opened the doors of a second house he had to the Bezhenars for 2 years. No doubt blessings were counted, but it was after the family were settling in that German stewardess Dee Harnish, who had kept in touch with them, discovered that the Bezhenars had left a family member behind. Agnessa’s cat Arsenii was nowhere to be seen and she missed hugging him. However, nearly a dozen people, most of whom never met little Agnessa, all took turns helping to get her cat Arsenii travel-ready, out of Ukraine, across Europe, across the Atlantic Ocean, and all the way to the San Francisco Bay Area so the two could be reunited. Currently, Arsenii and Agnessa are together due to the hard work of kind people along the way, giving her cat 7,000 miles of travel experience and the warm embrace she was missing.