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You're the Man, Nik Jiruska!
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- It was the last thing to ever cross Nik Jiruska's mind.
I was starting to get a pain in the top of my leg and hip region, Jiruska said. I thought it was just a pulled muscle or a pinched nerve or something.
But the pain couldn't be ignored, and he and his girlfriend Moleigh Ryther knew something was wrong.
Nik was having a lot of pain in his left hip, and so he went to the emergency room at St. Lukes, Ryther said.
It was there the 3rd year University of Iowa Student heard the diagnosis everyone fears
I had an MRI done and it showed a mass in my hip, Jiruska recalls.
The mass turned out to be Ewing's Sarcoma. With that diagnosis came the name of the disease no one wants to hear.
Right away when you hear bone cancer, you just think the worst possible thing that could happen. Jiruska said.
Treatment began immediately in June - a treatment that can be draining on any patient, especially as the calendar turns towards the holiday season.
That's when the wheels started turning for Moleigh.
I was trying to think what could I do for Nik to make Christmas special?"
Nik was on to her.
I knew she was up to something, putting something special together cause that's just the way she is, he said.
However, it's safe to say he didn't see this one coming: People and even some pets - from all walks of life delivering three simple words by video Youre the man
All the support was incredible, Jiruska said.
The video even included University of Iowa president Sally Mason and movie stars Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis
What better way to celebrate Christmas and the end of Chemo than bringing all of his loved ones, strangers, all together to celebrate with him? Ryther said.
So with the support of his old friends, a couple of new friends, and one crazy girlfriend, a journey that started with uncertainty nears its endwith one thing that's always been certain -
Nik Jiruska is loved.
Nik is expected to finish chemo by the beginning of January. If you want to see the full video Moleigh put together, head to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMHn91QAn9Y&feature=youtu.be