“It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.” – Rocky Balboa
Eric LeVine has taken more than his fair share of hits in life. The famous chef and past winner of the Food Network’s show “Chopped” has the attitude of “Come what may, I will beat this.” It’s the attitude that has taken him professionally to one of the top chefs in the world. It’s the same attitude that allows him to care for his two children. And it’s the attitude that has kept him alive this far in life after battling cancer five times.
Eric has battled cancer on and off for the last ten years. Most people give everything they have to survive cancer once. Eric needed every ounce of strength to battle the disease that refused to leave his life. Eric was first diagnosed in 2000 with chondrosarcoma. He battled it and remissions before being diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma and then acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). After being diagnosed twice with AML, Eric was declared cancer-free in 2003.
The remission lasted until 2010 when his fifth, and most deadly, diagnosis was received. Eric’s doctors told him he had Richter syndrome, a rare and aggressive form of leukemia. Doctors told Eric his chances of survival were slim. But Eric had looked cancer and death in the eyes four previous times, why would he back down now? Eric fought through rounds of intense chemotherapy and radiation while simultaneously filming “Chopped” for the Food Network.
“Either I could fire it up, or I could sit back and go, ‘Poor me.’ And ‘poor me’ doesn’t work in my family, doesn’t work in my life,” Eric told NorthJersey.com.
Eric went on to win “Chopped” and also beat cancer for a fifth, and hopefully, final time. He has been in remission since March 2011. Eric uses his platform as a famous chef and cancer survivor to help others battling cancer. It’s a life that is now built on helping others compete for their life just like Eric did.