Real People, Real Stories

Testicular cancer survivor

Steven Grillo

Steven Grillo was a 20 year old Junior in college when he fell ill one afternoon with what he thought was a stomach virus. By 11:00 that night, he was in kidney failure. Little did he know that day that his world was about to be turned upside down. A trip to the emergency room revealed that his kidney problems were the result of a large tumor in his abdomen. Several days later, Steven was diagnosed with advanced testicular cancer. He had to withdraw from school and begin a long course of chemotherapy and undergo several surgeries. In November of 2010, Steven was pronounced cancer-free and was able to return to school the following spring.

Steven says that, though the experience was very difficult and sometimes discouraging, the support of his family and friends helped him keep on fighting. As a Cancare volunteer, he hopes that his experience will encourage others on their journey.

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