Childhood Cancer Survivor Enters the MMA Arena

Matt BessetteMatt Bessette doesn’t remember most of his cancer treatment. He does remember feeling like a human pin cushion, and that his mother always tried to remain positive and let him be a kid. Matt was just 3 when he was diagnosed with leukemiaand spent more a year at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center receiving treatment. After 5 years cancer free, when he was 12, doctors declared him cured!

9 years later, Matt was a healthy young man who while hanging out with friends, found mixed martial arts (MMA) videos and started watching them. Soon, he and his friends were spending hours performing what they saw. They didn’t really know what they were doing, but they were having a great time, so they decided to find a gym and begin training. Matt’s first professional fight was in September 2007, and he’s been hooked ever since. When it came time for Matt to tell his parents about his new hobby, they weren’t surprised – they always knew that their son was a fighter.

Training and competing in MMA fights takes hard work and dedication, something that Matt learned while undergoing cancer treatment. “Whenever people tell me that I can’t do something, I try to remember that it’s not the worst I’ve been through.” That attitude has helped Matt be successful in the MMA arena.

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