Swagbucks endorser Paul Wassenaar makes a heroic return to BMX racing in Reno a full year after he discovered a malignant mass on his neck. At 19 years old, Wassenaar was diagnosed with Stage 2 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. “I have cancer, but cancer doesn’t have me – that became the quote I lived by,” Paul says.
Through bouts of lethargy and chemotherapy, Wassenaar’s hunger to be the BMX world champion never waned.
“I think his grit and determination really allowed him to recover faster and move faster,” says Morris Asch, one of Wassenaar’s doctors. “He just went through it as fast and as well as humanly possible. I think that’s a testimony to his youth, his fitness, and his mental toughness and positive attitude.”
Back home in Bellflower, Paul is encouraging a whole new generation of kids at the clinic that he runs every other Sunday. It takes place at the local track that his dad, Jeff, helped open in 2001, where he now announces the races from his wheelchair. Throughout Paul’s treatments, he never skipped a Sunday with the kids.