The latest edition of Ohio Today magazine features MDIA Lecturer Josh Antonuccio in a story about Haden DeRoberts, a former MDIA student and advisee of Antonuccio’s who passed away in December 2016.
Per the article written by Peter Shooner,
“‘Certain students stick with you in terms of the presence they bring – the way they can change the tenor of the room that they’re in, the way they can change the attitude of a situation,’ says Antonuccio, a lecturer in the Scripps College of Communication.
DeRoberts was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in October 2011, just seven weeks into his freshman year. A bone marrow transplant the following spring returned him to health and sparked in him a desire to use his story for good.
He poured his kinetic energy into the “Got Swabbed?” bone marrow donation campaign organized by Hillel at Ohio University, a Jewish life center, becoming its spokesperson and inspiring more than 9,000 Bobcats to register as donors, leading to more than 200 matches and 30 life-saving donations since 2009.”
Antonuccio ran the New York City Marathon in DeRoberts’ honor last Novemeber, and raised $37,800 for cancer research. As quoted in Ohio Today, he shares that “it’s not about me. It’s not about the marathon… It’s about [DeRobert’s] story and trying to use his story to do good.”