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Cancer Survivor Fights Back Against Cruel Meme

When someone used a photo of him to create the "Meth Curry" meme, Leon Mitchell II had the best response ever. 

Don't be a dick on the Internet. In a perfect world that would go without saying, but unfortunately it's more popular than ever to make fun of strangers online in pursuit of a few likes. Those who do so rarely spare a second thought to those they could be hurting in the process of trying to be funny, but it's important to remember that behind every meme or viral video, there exists a real person.

Leon Mitchell II is a cancer survivor, business owner, husband, father, and seems like an all-around decent guy, so imagine his surprise when a photo of himself went viral for all the wrong reasons. The Internet had dubbed him "Meth Curry," due to his vague resemblance to NBA star Steph Curry. Mitchell does have a thin frame, but not because of drug addiction (not that it's ok to make fun of addicts either); he survived a rare form of cancer called nasopharyngeal carcinoma.

When Mitchell got wind of his likeness being used as part of a cruel joke, he took to Instagram and posted the most heartfelt response ever.

So earlier today I was the butt of a not so funny meme "METH CURRY" directed at the outward physical appearance that I display. The fact that the meme was posted was a reminder of how distasteful and cruel people can be without background knowledge of the person in the bullseye of the target. I've struggled deeply for years with the devastating effects cancer treatment plagued my body with. The massive destruction it took on my neck, shoulders, nose, throat, and ability to function normally. I though have overcome all of those things and become so much stronger then the after effects of cancer treatment, and proudly bare myself and ravaged appearance to the world with KNOE shame!! I am strong enough to endure these attacks after years of rebuilding. However as we look at the power story I explain, let's remember these types of social media attacks on people can be massively detrimental to some who still battle with insecurities and uncomfortability with themselves and their battles. If we are going to allow something like this go viral Let's do it for the right reasons! I am more then a meme, I am a father, husband, survivor, mentor, community advocate, and Positive motivational speaker. Proud to have endured and conquered everything I have!!!! #FCANCER #FUCKCANCER #SURVIVOR #TEAMKNOE #KNOTNOWOREVER #AMERICANCANCERSOCIETY #STUARTSCOTT #POSITIVITY #LOVE #LIVESTRONG #POSITIVITYOVEREVERYTHING #FIGHT #FIGHTER #NBA #SICK #METHCURRY Follow @knoe_clothing and get the real message Knoeclothing.com

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"The fact that the meme was posted was a reminder of how distasteful and cruel people can be without background knowledge of the person in the bullseye of the target." Preach it, Mitchell! If I were to ever find myself in such a situation, I could only hope to handle it as eloquently as he did. I bet whoever started this whole thing is starting to feel like a real dick right about now.

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