Jason Greenspan was just a few weeks away from graduating high school when he heard three words that instantly changed his life; ‘You have cancer.’
It was testicular cancer, a diagnosis he says he caught by chance.
"I was just on the couch, watching television and I had a simple itch and that itch really ended up being the most important itch in my entire life,” Greenspan said.
Within just a few days, Greenspan, went from preparing for prom to preparing for surgery.
"I ended up postponing my surgery because I thought prom was too important, I didn't want to miss that,” he said.
Greenspan also underwent nine weeks of chemotherapy and it was during that time he says he felt inspired to make something positive out of his diagnosis.
"I created my fundraiser called STAMP OUT CANCER Now and this included me designing a website to help cancer survivors and newly diagnosed cancer patients with hope,” he said.
"The main thing I want to give newly diagnosed cancer patients is hope. I didn't have someone like that that when I was first diagnosed,” he said.
Greenspan, who is now a college student at Shippensburg University, uses the site to sell homemade ‘squished pennies’ and blue STAMP OUT CANCER wristbands with all the proceeds benefiting the LIVESTRONG Foundation.
"I was inspired by Lance Armstrong who is also a testicular cancer survivor and he's had a very successful fundraiser with his yellow LIVESTRONG wristbands,” Greenspan said.
Now four years later and cancer free, Greenspan says he hopes to continue raising money and the spirits of those affected by cancer.
"I really want to be an advocate and help people out going through what I had to go through."
Testicular cancer is one of the most common cancers in young men between the ages of 15 and 35.
It’s also very curable if detected early which is why doctors say monthly self-exams are so important.
For more information on Greenspan’s STAMP OUT CANCER Now fundraising campaign, click here.