Even though cancer is a disease which takes the lives of so many, it also makes survivors and changes their lives.
For one Virginia Tech Professor, it has given him a new outlook on life and the meaning of giving back.
Professor Stephen Skripak is proud to be teaching at his alma mater.
But during his teaching career, almost 5 years ago, this Hokie was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Luckily he says doctors were able to remove it quickly.
“The cancer they said was on the verge of spreading and if it had spread, I would have had to have both chemo and radiation but fortunately it had not spread and so I got lucky,” said Professor Stephen Skripak.
Still during his recovery, Stephen says it was his family and friends who helped him get through the rough days.
“I’m blessed to have magnificent family. Everyone was supportive.,” said Professor Stephen Skripak.
Now being a survivor, Stephen says he likes to give back…to his students…and to school kids in Haiti.
“It had to make me more giving. I mean in a way you feel like you have gotten a second change at life,” said Professor Stephen Skripak.