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Inspirational Stories


T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL)

In 2001, I was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) at age three and survived thanks to three and a half years of intense treatment at the City of Hope Los Angeles. I am now 25 years old, a college graduate, and working for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), hoping to give back to those who helped save my life. I have volunteered with LLS since 2009 after being chosen as their "Girl of the Year" to inspire candidates to raise money for blood cancer research. In 2017, I became a candidate for the Student of the Year campaign raising over $60,000 in seven weeks. My life with LLS has now come full circle as I am currently employed as a Campaign Development Manager for the Student Visionaries of the Year Campaign.

Little girl with red headband and shirt holding medical instrument next to a woman with glasses