AYA Ambassador @michaelreidcramer
and his amazing mother Ashlee will be speaking at @curefestusa
Michael Cramer is a 22-year-old cancer survivor, bone marrow transplant recipient, social media influencer, motivational hero.
Quick flashback, Michael was born in Paris, grew up in Miami. He was a surfer, skater, on the Olympic Development team for windsurfing. Ashlee (mom) was a dancer turned early childhood educator turned cancer caregiver.
In 2014 her husband was diagnosed with Large B Cell Lymphoma. She became the sole source of income, the caregiver for her husband, as well as mom and dad to their three children. Tragically, he died in 2016, but this only brought the family closer.
July 14, 2020, heartbreak hit again. Michael was diagnosed with an insanely rare and aggressive cancer, Hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma. Less than 200 documented cases ever. Average survival 8 months.
Ashlee quit her job to be with Michael full-time. Miraculously, 3 years later, Michael’s alive. He’s been through chemo, radiation, bone marrow transplant, near fatal GVHD (graft versus host disease), hospital admissions for gastroparesis, liver failure, AVN (avascular necrosis), it goes on.
Through it all, Ashlee never left his side, and their relationship became an unbreakable bond. Together the two have taken this heartbreak and found “beauty in pain”. It’s their theme. That and “love”. The journey of Michael’s cancer became a story to share, a purpose to fulfill.
The mother and son started a podcast, Michael and Mom Talk Cancer, and soon after, a website, a blog, YouTube videos. They use social media to update and inspire, and now they are sharing their inspirational perspective through advocating and motivational speaking.
Michael is still in treatment for complications from his cancer and bone marrow transplant, but he’s alive and in remission. Michael and Ashlee speak together, doing all they can to fulfill their purpose of love and connection, not only with the cancer community, but with anyone who needs inspiration and motivation.