At age 15, Conners was diagnosed with t-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. It left him blind and very sick. He had a bone marrow transplant and gradually recovered.
His story since then has been one of inspiration and achievement. After high school, he graduated summa cum laude from Ithaca College with a degree in communications. He has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, has raised money for charities, and has become a sought-after motivational speaker.