Make-A-Wish Monday: Michael taking part in Texas 4000 for cancer research
LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) — On Make-A-Wish Monday, meet Michael Tatalovich, 20, of Henderson, a graduate of Coronado High School who is studying architecture at the University of Texas at Austin.
Michael has embarked on a remarkable journey that is taking him on a 4,000-mile, 70-day cycling tour through North America. The trek, which began June 3 in Austin, will eventually take him through 10 states, then north along the west Canadian coast to Anchorage, Alaska, where he will end his more than two-month journey on Aug. 12.
Michael is one of 67 cyclists making the journey with a nonprofit organization called Texas 4000 whose mission is to generate awareness and fund-raise for cancer research. As a cancer survivor, Michael’s purpose for riding is extremely personal.
At 17, he was diagnosed with Stage 2 Ewing’s Sarcoma. Ten days later, he was receiving aggressive chemotherapy treatment for up to eight hours daily every other week.
Michael ultimately underwent surgery for a partial hip replacement to remove the tumor and replace his femur with a titanium rod. After surgery, another 26 rounds of chemotherapy and what seemed like endless days in the hospital, he finally received the good news of remission.
Written by Kim & Dana Wagner
Check out Kim and Dana’s page at Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada.
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