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Strength Training: local teen fights cancer with Will Power

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Cancer is a struggle most people don't expect to encounter as a teenager, but for Will Mishler of Northridge High School, he's been dealing with it for 22 months and counting. He may be 15 years old but he already knows what he wants to be when he grows up; a strength coach.

"You're supposed to like, like what you do, where you work," says Mishler.

Will is fighting Nerve Cancer and type one diabetes. 

 "For the past 22 months Will has gone through, every week he's gone to doctors," says Mishler's mom, Amy Mishler.

Dan Gibson owns an athletic training facility in Elkhart called Strength Haven. He caught wind of Will's dream, and illness. He felt a personal call to reach out. On Saturday morning he held a fundraiser for Will, where weight-lifters donated money and showed off their stuff.

 "My little sister passed away when she was nine years old from cancer and so it was motivation enough," says Gibson.

The Will Power event has already raised over $5,000 and Mishler's mom says it's a big help for something they deal with every day.

"You know, Will's had the pump, he's had surgeries, doctors, hospitalizations, oncology, scans, neurology, radiology, and it never stops," she says.

The fundraiser will help off-set some of the costs of Mishler's treatments. Gibson says his doors are always open for Will to come train. Mishler is grateful to have the opportunity, but he's especially thankful for the support he gets. "I'm really surprised how quickly a community can come together," says Mishler.

Even though Mishler has four more years until he can be declared cancer-free, he's already come a long way. "I feel like I've accomplished something really big and great."

To donate to Will Mishler's fundraiser, click here.
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