Clinical Corner Student Spotlight

Original – News Report by Kelly Eckerman

KMBC TV, Kansas City, MO

A young medical student will soon be practicing medicine with the same doctors who helped him fend off cancer twice as a child. Luke Weaver said he hopes to use his own experience to be a good doctor for other children fighting cancer.  Weaver is set to graduate from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences this weekend and plans to be a pediatric oncologist.  He was 15 years old when he was diagnosed with leukemia. After three years of treatment, there was more bad news.  “I was rushed off to emergency surgery,” Weaver said. “Turns out, I had a second cancer on top of that at that time, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and that was at 18 years old.”  After suffering side effects from chemotherapy, doctors told Weaver he’d never walk again. He proved them wrong at his high school graduation ceremony.  After his medical school graduation this weekend, he’ll do his residency at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, the same place where he spent so many years as a cancer patient, working with many of the same doctors who inspired him to keep fighting.  “You don’t have time to feel sorry for yourself. You don’t have time to look around and be pitied. What you do is you fight and that’s all you have and that’s all you know,” Weaver said. “I’ll be training under all the physicians who helped make me who I am today.”  He said that during his internships, his patients haven’t always known about his own cancer experience, but he hopes it can serve as an inspiration.

Luke trained in Poplar Bluff, MO with SEMO AHEC.