CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- It can bring rivals together and spark the best humanity has to offer. Cancer is a common enemy.
"Moms feel lost. First off, they didn't know what they were doing when they first got into this mess with their child being diagnosed," Brett Wilson tells WSAZ.
Wilson beat childhood cancer twice. His journey has now come full circle. He currently serves as the founder and CEO of Walking Miracle, a job he commits to for free.
"This is not a job for me. This is a passion," Wilson says. "I just want someone else not to go through what I did. It allows me to do what wasn't done for me. It allows me to help in a way that wasn't able to be helped."
He is now a 35-year survivor. He was first diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymophoma in 1982.
That journey stayed near and dear to his heart. Through his non-profit organization, he now helps patients and families with things like travel assistance, counseling and survivorship clinics.
"My grandma is the one who called me a walking miracle, and it kind of stuck, so we kept it," Wilson explains.
Now, he helps create miracles, and for that, he is this week's WSAZ Hometown Hero.
"Sometimes when I do what I do, I wonder if it really even matters and I wonder who we're helping and is it making that much of an impact?" Wilson says. "We're just trying to help other survivors get through the journey."