By Donna Summerall
Alonzo Brooks has fought a few battles as a martial arts instructor, but none so important as his fight with nasal cancer.
“January of 2012, I was having trouble with my ear,” said Brooks. “I went to the doctor who thought I was young to be having hearing problems. He couldn’t find any problem in my ear so he checked my nose, and found a tumor. It was malignant. I was 36 years old”
He said treatments began immediately. Extreme treatments, 32 radiation treatments and he lost count of the chemotherapy treatments. Brooks had experienced open - heart surgery the year before and then the cancer diagnosis. His treatment took place at Cancer Care at Premier Health Complex in Starkville. He said the tribulations he has gone through have made him stronger.
“I’ve been cancer-free for a year now,” said Brooks. “I’m very conscious of what I eat and drink and try not to put anything back into my body that might cause cancer. I am a firm believer that God has a plan for me. I can still be useful to his purpose and that’s why I’m still here.”
Brooks feels that he has been led to start The Elite Warrior Program at his martial arts institute.
“We’re trying to get funding and hope to attain a nonprofit status,” Brooks said.
He has a great deal of compassion for young people and he wants to work with boys and girls, not only in the martial arts but in other areas that promote good character. He said that martial arts teach self-discipline and self-control; it is the total discipline package, however he wants them to learn more, like self respect and respect for others. Brooks said he would like to teach the kids etiquette, how to act like a lady and a gentleman. He wants them to learn more than how to protect themselves, he wants them to learn to become more than they ever imagined. How to set goals and achieve them Brooks said.
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