At the age of eight, Sage was asked to become a superhero and fight his own battle with Burkitt's lymphoma — what he calls, "The Big C". Sage was diagnosed after having a visible tumor removed from his tonsils. The next day, he was admitted to UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital to begin chemotherapy.
With two weeks left of treatment, Sage walked his first Light the Night walk with the support of his family and friends. Despite hair loss, painful treatments, and unexpected ambulance rides, Sage's Light The Night walk team, "Team Sage" rallied behind its courageous hero, showing support any way they could.
After three months of intense, and primarily in-patient treatment, "Super Sage" was in remission. This year, he was able to walk at Light The Night unassisted, and held the survivor lantern with pride.