Kenya Wheeler sits in his Oakland home on Jan. 18. Wheeler had UC student health insurance when he was diagnosed with cancer in 2011. It had a lifetime coverage cap of $400,000 and he ran over it during the course of his treatment. He is active with the UC Student-Workers Union to try to change that. Lea Suzuki/Chronicle photo
Kenya Wheeler wears vinyl gloves to protect himself against germs while feeding his cats at his Oakland home. Lea Suzuki/Chronicle photo
Kenya Wheeler talks to UC Berkeley student Sho Kawano, a freshman, at the Free Speech Cafe. Wheeler got married in March, allowing him to continue chemotherapy. Sean Havey/Chronicle photo
Kenya Wheeler talks to Malla Hadley, a manager at the department of city and regional planning at UC Berkeley, about how he can resume his studies, which had to be postponed during cancer treatment. Sean Havey/Chronicle photo

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