All odds were against him. Twice diagnosed with stage IV brain cancer — at ages 10 and 11 — and a survival rate of a mere 3 percent, it would take a miracle for David Fitting to make it through.
But Fitting, now 20, beat the odds. In 2003 he was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive and malignant cancer. “The first time around I was in shock because I was 10. My mom had colon cancer, so I always thought that only adults could get cancer,” he said.
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Q & A
What are your hobbies?
Going to the gym and the beach.
What would you do if you were invisible for a day?
Be a fly on the wall; see what people have to say behind closed doors.
If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be?
Dr. Ben Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins. He grew up in the ghetto, his mom had third-grade education and his brother was killed. Now he’s the head of neurosurgery, plastic surgery education and head of pediatrics.
What event in history would you have liked to have witnessed?
To see the Rat Pack perform.
What is your favorite childhood memory?
Spending my summer in Beach Haven, N.J.
Who is your hero, someone who inspires you?
Steven Cooper. He was going through treatment the same time I was. He was always positive and reminded me to stay focused on the good. (Cooper eventually died from cancer)