February 12, 2018
Happy Valentine’s Day!
This Valentine’s Day we’d like to recognize survivors who are doing all sorts of incredible things with their lives, despite the difficulties so many deal with every day. Happy Valentine’s Day survivors!
Survivor Goes to the Winter Olympics
Bryan Fletcher, a 2014 Olympian and childhood cancer survivor, and his brother Taylor, will compete side-by-side for their second straight Olympic Winter Games. Diagnosed at age 4 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, Bryan underwent chemotherapy for more than four years, surviving a stroke in the process, before going into remission at age 8. He entered kindergarten with a bald head but made light of his condition by painting it green and wearing a matching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles outfit. We’re rooting for you Bryan and Taylor! For more info, click here.
Snowboarder Heads to Para Olympics
Brenna Huckaby was a nationally ranked gymnast until osteosarcoma took her leg and career when she was only 14. After treatment, she tried swimming, soccer, and waterskiing, but didn’t fall in love with any of those sports. Then the hospital sent her on a ski trip, and she knew this was it the moment she strapped on a snowboard. She’s representing the United States in the 2018 paralympics! Check out her photo on the cover of Parents magazine this month. Click here for the article.
Survivor Coping with Chemo Brain
Diagnosed at 18 with cancer and then a scare with paralysis from chemo at 19, Cynthia struggled with cognitive problems in college. “I am now a healthy 23-year-old college student in full remission. I am finally a survivor. Doesn’t that mean everything goes back to normal, like the cancer never even happened?” Read how she learned about and coped with challenges in learning by clicking here.
Survivor Running for Tennessee Senate Seat
Gabriela Salinas, a 3-time Ewing sarcoma survivor, is running for the Tennessee state senate, partly due to her concerns about access to health care. She was diagnosed at age 7, and her parents left their native Bolivia to seek treatment in New York. After surviving two relapses, she obtained a degree in biochemistry and worked for several years at the hospital that saved her life. She currently is studying to obtain a PhD in pharmaceutical sciences and running for Senate. Click here for information.