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Social Media Turned A Cancer Survivor Into A Meme Comparing Him To Steph Curry

by: Black Adam Schefter On  Thursday, January 7, 2016

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Here’s that horrible side of the internet where everybody thinks everything is absolutely hilarious until it backfires and it makes you feel horrible. You never know what the person you’re talking about is going through and this is a prime example of it.

Via BuzzFeed: This is Leon Mitchell II, a 31-year-old man living in Tacoma, Washington. He’s a survivor of a rare form of cancer called nasopharyngeal carcinoma. Mitchell told BuzzFeed that he was diagnosed in 2005 at the age of 20 and described his diagnosis as a type of “head and neck cancer.”

This is the meme that has been going viral since December:

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Mitchell told BuzzFeed that when he found out about the meme, he described his feeling as being “a little bit embarrassing, humiliating, and a bit hurtful at the same time.”

He continued: “I’ve struggled for years and still do from time to time with my outward physical appearance. I was confused as to how it even made its way onto the internet honestly.”

Mitchell took to Instagram and this what he said:

“So earlier today I was the butt of a not-so-funny meme — ‘Meth Curry.’ Directed at the outward physical appearance that I display. The fact that the meme was posted was a reminder of how distasteful and cruel people can be without background knowledge of the person in the bullseye of the target. I’ve struggled deeply for years with the devastating effects cancer treatment plagued my body with. The massive destruction it took on my neck, shoulders, nose, throat, and ability to function normally… I am more then a meme, I am a father, husband, survivor, mentor, community advocate, and Positive motivational speaker. Proud to have endured and conquered everything I have!”

 

H/T – BuzzFeed



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