“Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible”
CO-HOSTED WITH ST FRANCIS CANCER CENTER
Photo: Michael Meints, runner (left) and Brent Bostic, Cancer Warrior (right)
My name is Michael Meints, a native of Germany and 15-year resident of the US. In 2012, I lost my father Bernhard Meints after his 8-year fight with Chordoma, a rare type of cancer which affects the bones of the skull and spine and in 2015, I lost my friend Manny Torres to Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma. These events caused me depression, leading to weight gain and an unhealthy life. After seeing Jay Baker, a long-lost friend, running ‘100k for Shay’ and reflecting on my accomplishments and beautiful family, I was inspired to do the same in my father’s and Manny’s honor. Since then, I started to train; changed my eating habits; ran a half-marathon in February 2016, during the first anniversary of Manny’s death; and ran my first 24-hour run where I got to meet the Road Warriors. That’s when it became clear that I wanted to run my first 100-miler under the Road Warrior charity.
So join me and the Road Warriors, November 12,2016 for ‘The HOPE Run’ in honor of Bernhard Meints and Manny Torres.
Brent was born in Anderson, SC on October 31, 1974. He attended Oakwood Christian School and Anderson University and has lived in the upstate of South Carolina his whole life. His parents and his brother and family still live in Anderson. South Carolina is definitely home. Brent’s wife, Melissa is also from Anderson and has lived in communities of the upstate her entire life as well. Brent and Melissa met at Anderson University and married in 1994. After 22 years of marriage, Brent and Melissa have three children and live in the Powdersville community of Anderson.
Brent was first diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma on March 10, 2011. After months of slowly losing weight, pain in his abdomen, night sweats, and just “not feeling right,” Brent went to his family doctor. After an afternoon at the doctors office, scans, and appointment with an oncologist, he knew within 24 hours that he had cancer. His oncologist was amazing and extremely confident. He was told that NHL is very treatable and the cancer would be gone in six months after chemo treatment….and it was. However, in 2014 the cancer came back again. He was treated and once again, as expected, the cancer was gone again. Then, in 2015, Brent was told that his cancer was back. Not only was it back, but that it would be considered a chronic condition, meaning it probably would not just go away. After choosing quality of life over jumping right back into chemo, Brent took a break from treatments. Then, in the summer of 2016, Brent’s regular scans revealed the largest tumor present thus far.
The end of 2016 will involve chemotherapy, radiation, and a bone marrow transplant. These steps are the best possible way to hopefully put an end to the cancer in Brent’s life.
Brent is a Christian, husband, father, coach, small business owner, son, uncle, friend, and brother. And within all of these aspects of his life he shares the message of his favorite quote from cancer fighter, Coach Jimmy Valvano, “Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.” His start date of cancer is 3/10/11, but there is no end date. With cancer, there never really is because you never know when you may have to get back in the fight again. Brent has had two fights and two wins. Now, the third fight and the third win begins.