LEARN MORE: BEN "BIG CAT" CUSHING
Cush it to the Limit was founded by Ben “Big Cat” Cushing (October 31, 1997-October 2, 2017). Ben lost his battle with HSTCL but not before he started a grass roots effort to find and fund improved treatment options for patients with TCL.
Ben knew this work would not affect his outcome, but he believed there was a reason he contracted this aggressive, fatal disease. For him, that reason was to make sure his life made a difference in the life of others.
Here, in his own words is why he and his friends started Cush it to the Limit. As Ben wrote this blog, he was hopeful his battle would be a successful one. A mere 9-months after his diagnosis, Ben passed away from Hepatosplenic T-Cell Lymphoma (HSTCL)
Hi, my name is Ben Cushing. I grew up in Sammamish and am a 2016 graduate of Eastlake High School. I had just completed my first semester at Washington State University (Go Cougs!) when I was diagnosed with cancer.
After a month of feeling lousy and experiencing tremendous abdominal pain, I was admitted to the hospital. After a few weeks in three different hospitals across Washington, I was diagnosed on January 19th, 2017 with a rare form of cancer called Hepatosplenic T-cell Lymphoma. I’ve completed 10 rounds of different, heavy duty chemo with the hope of getting to remission. When that happens, I’ll need to have a double umbilical cord blood transplant which is very much like a bone marrow transplant. With transplant, I will be in the hospital for 2-months.
This has been a very difficult journey for me and my family, but we are fortunate to have amazing love and support from our village of friends and family, fraternity brothers, and extended community. I am very grateful for the outreach and continue to fight hard every day.
Mine is such a rare and aggressive form of cancer that only 50 people nationwide have been diagnosed and the only way we can truly beat it is through research. We are lucky here in the Seattle area to have a fabulous doctor at the UW/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance who treats this type of lymphoma and is in charge of my treatment plan. Dr. Shustov and team are pursuing new hypotheses and treatments for T-cell lymphoma.
By donating to my CushItToTheLimit research fund, you can help accelerate the treatment and ultimate cure for this aggressive disease.