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City Councilman Forges Ahead Despite Battle With Cancer



By Amanda Smith



Macon, Georgia City Councilman Mike Cranford looks to be the picture of health.  In fact, to look at him, you’d never guess that he’s battling throat cancer.  But Mike refuses to let what he calls a “simple virus” slow him down.  “It’s a virus, like anything else, as far as I’m concerned,” he said in a recent interview.  “You go on with your life.”


Born in Washington, DC, Mike has been in Macon since 1948; we collectively consider this to be a “Macon native.”  He received an Associates Degree in Science from Macon State College; a Bachelor of Arts from Mercer University, and his Law Degree from Woodrow Wilson Law School.


In 1994, Mike was honored with the Hugh Q. Wallace Award for his tireless defense of indigent clients and has served on the Bibb County Drug Court since its beginnings in 1994.  But it doesn’t stop there.  He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Macon Bar Association, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, a life member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (of which he has served as vice President, Parliamentarian, Secretary, and is now President), and the Macon Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (of which he served four terms as President and is now the Executive Director). 


For over 40 years, Mike has worked with the youth of our community through sports, recreation, and scouting.  He also travels at times across the state to give lectures on youth, law and government.  Over the years, Mike has served on many boards and committees in the Middle Georgia area, and currently, he is on the Board of Governors for the Museum of Arts & Sciences and the Fort Hawkins Committee.


Mike is also very physically active.  Not only does he enjoy scuba diving, mountain climbing and boxing, he also competes in flat track motorcycle racing, placing in the top 10 for the last 9 years.  He recently won his third consecutive state championship in the senior division.  Boy, does this man stay busy!


Mike and his wife and best friend, Teresa Boyd of Los Angeles, have two boys at home, Michael age 21, and Christopher age 11.  They also have two grown children and four grandchildren.  He has been a successful attorney in his own practice for over 20 years and Teresa also works hard as his paralegal and office manager.


While he was shaving one morning, Mike noticed a small lump under his throat.  Because he had recently had surgery on his foot and was already taking antibiotics, his doctor felt that the lump should be checked out.  Following a biopsy, the Cranford’s were told that Mike had a small tumor on his right tonsil, an extremely rare form of squamous cell cancer that usually occurs on the skin.  He says that he assured his doctor that he doesn’t smoke.  “Maybe I talk too much,” Mike joked.


Fortunately, the cancer was caught early and only three weeks passed between the day he first felt the lump and the day that it was removed.  He is almost done now with his radiation treatments.


No newcomer to the Macon City Council, Mike was first elected to serve in a city-wide seat from 1995-1999.  Determined not to let his cancer slow him down, he is currently seeking re-election to his seat for Ward II.

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