Mr. Foister has been a fighter from the start. He is a stage-four cancer survivor of Neuroblastoma. When he graduated from Northern Kentucky University he became the first person in his family to graduate college. Now he is the youngest Congressional candidate to ever run and win the Democratic party nomination in Ohio.
My name is Corey Foister and I am running for U.S Congress in Ohio’s 8th Congressional District. I am dedicating my campaign to cancer survivors and those who have lost their life to this horrible disease. In 1990, when I was 7 months old I was diagnosed with stage-four Neuroblastoma cancer. I was given a 50% chance of survival only because I was under a year old. The cancer started in my stomach and the left adrenal gland, the cancer would spread to my bone marrow, the bone behind my eyes, eye tissue and liver. I was fortunate enough to be close to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital where my parents took me to get treatment. I was blessed to have had so many wonderful doctors and nurses that took time to get to know me and my family. Dr. Shahid Malik MD was my main cancer doctor and I doubt I would be here today without him.
I started chemotherapy December 8, 1990 and I had surgery to remove the tumor in my left adrenal gland in spring of 1991. I received ten treatments of radiation on my liver, the last one happening on August 3, 1991. I continued chemotherapy until November 1991 and was in remission the following month. I suffered from a side effective of the chemotherapy, I lost some of my hearing and had to wear hearing aids during grade school but I consider myself to be very lucky.
I have been blessed to have lived a normal life and have been cancer free for almost 25 years. There is life after cancer and I want everyone fighting this awful disease to stay positive. As for survivors, I encourage everyone to take risks and make a difference. I went from being a shy kid to a congressional candidate. Us survivors owe it to those not lucky enough to survive to live big and bring awareness to the public that we have much more work to do on the war on pediatric cancer.
Since my battle with cancer, I graduated from Fairfield High School in 2009, becoming the first person in my family to graduate high school. I attended Northern Kentucky University and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in English. While at Northern Kentucky University, I worked on the school newspaper, The Northerner, for a few semesters and I served two years as an elected member of the Student Government Association as a Senator. On March 15, 2016 I became the youngest person to ever run and win the nomination of a major political party in Ohio.