Running With Ghosts: A Memoir of Surviving Childhood Cancer
In Running With Ghosts, author Matt Tullis reminds us that surviving childhood cancer can be a challenge as formidable as fighting for your life—and more enduring. The eldest of three sons born to a trucker and an office-worker, who lived in the idyllic village of Apple Creek, Ohio, Tullis was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age 15. In short order, the sports-mad teenager found himself on the cancer ward of Akron Children’s Hospital. One of the lucky ones, he walked out and kept on going.
Years later, as a journalist and college professor, Tullis began to wonder about all the friends and caregivers he’d left behind on 4-North. As his curiosity intensified, he decided to seek them out. Running With Ghosts is about friendship, loss, triumph, and closure: one man’s effort to understand more fully a life shaped by a random mutation in the code of his DNA.
Tullis, Matthew. Running With Ghosts: A Memoir of Surviving Childhood Cancer. The Sager Group, 2017.
Tullis, Matthew R., "Running With Ghosts: A Memoir of Surviving Childhood Cancer" (2017). English Faculty Book Gallery. 70.