A Good Guy Gets Sick

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Last year I wrote a column about Nick Cheolas, a young guy from the Detroit suburbs who became interested in the criminal justice system after witnessing some appalling behavior from police and other local officials in a case involving his family. Cheolas went on to law school at the University of Michigan, where his experience at home spurred him to get involved with the school’s innocence clinic. There, he worked on a team that won the release of Dwayne Provience, a man who had spent nearly a decade in prison for a murder it’s pretty clear he didn’t commit. (After much hemming and hawing, prosecutors finally announced in March that they wouldn’t attempt to try Provience again.)

I’m sorry to say that Nick’s story has taken a bummer of a turn. Last July he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He has started a blog (Arrested Development fans: take note of the title) where he writes about his treatment, opines on legal issues, and discusses the various other topics about which we bloggers tend to bloviate. If you’d like to click over, I’m sure he’d appreciate knowing he has support out in libertarian land.

Also, if the idea of following an online diary of cancer treatment sounds morose—and it did to me when I was first sent the link—Nick’s sense of humor considerably lightens the experience. His blog’s tagline:

I don’t fight cancer because I fear death. I fight cancer because I fear Mitch Albom writing about me after death.

Get better, Nick. No one else wants to see that happen, either.

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4 Responses to “A Good Guy Gets Sick”

  1. #1 |  JS | 

    Amen! The world needs more like him.

  2. #2 |  Fred Mangels | 

    Actually, the idea of writing a blog about cancer occurred to me after my wife was diagnosed with non- hodgkins lymphoma over 5 years ago. By the time I realized it would of been a great idea to have started one, it had been too long, or so I thought. A lot of the real scary stuff comes early in the journey and I couldn’t go back and write about stuff that happened a year ago.

    If anyone else has the misfortune of being diagnosed with cancer, or any other life threatening illness, I’d strongly suggest putting up a blog about it. There’s much to learn about how to deal with things that newcomers to it need, and would have comfort in, knowing.

  3. #3 |  Steve | 

    Thanks for posting this. I am a long term NHL survivor whose treatment was 100% effective. I like to give my encouragement to those who are going through what I already have.

  4. #4 |  john | 

    Nick is a mensch. I think his experience fighting Wayne County law enforcement will serve him well as he fights his cancer. Check him out on this video about the exoneration of Dwayne Provience: http://www.youtube.com/user/innocencevideos?feature=mhum#p/a/u/1/JMCPqD4IMjE