Teen & Young Adult Stories

Weston’s Story

Weston’s Story

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Growing up seems so monotonous. You go from elementary school, to middle school, you get your first kiss, go to high school. Your classes. Your grades. Your sports. Your friends. The people you meet. All different components to shape you...

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Jordan’s Story

Jordan’s Story

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

   When I was 19, I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma     The first few days after I abruptly left college were a whirlwind, but I was not prepared for the moment I first entered the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia...

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Matt

Matt

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Remember midterms? Horrible, right? Now imagine a Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma diagnosis right in the middle. Matt Cirac reflects on the most humbling moments of his treatment, how he learned to recognize the smallest of milestones and why we should all learn...

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Alyssa

Alyssa

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The timing of cancer during the teen years can seem especially cruel. Just as Alyssa Gomez was preparing for plays and a career in acting, she received her Leukemia diagnosis. Watch as Alyssa explains how to cope with life-changing events...

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Uli

Uli

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

When you go through 6 surgeries in one week, there aren’t a lot of people who understand what you’ve gone through, let alone teenagers your own age. As Uli recovered from operation after operation, he overcame mood-swings, relapses and the feeling...

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Hernan

Hernan

The fearless leader of our very own Road Rebellion shares with us the beginning of his journey with cancer. A vegan, with occasional transgressions here and there, Hernan Barangan outlines the importance of taking care of yourself after chemo. The journey...

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Cookie

Cookie

From age 2 to 17, Cookie went 4 rounds with cancer including a very rare skin cancer, making her the first patient to be diagnosed at UCLA. An incredibly strong and positive young woman, Cookie asks us to remember that...

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Emily

Emily

Emily discovered her Osteosarcoma as many young people do; she was in the middle of her regular physical activity, tennis to be exact. In early stages, many teenagers and young adults dismiss symptoms of rare cancers, like Emily’s bone cancer,...

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Patrick

Patrick

Patrick credits setting goals and making promises to himself as helpful tools in his treatment and recovery process. Take a look at his video as he explains that every gesture of kindness and acknowledgement means the world to someone battling...

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Kate

Kate

With an eye for style and positivity, Kate Vaught leads us through her journey from cheerleading to 3 different types of chemotherapy to roaming the halls in her wheelchair (and giving certain nurses preferential treatment). Take a second to absorb...

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Avi

Avi

An athlete and a self proclaimed clown, Avi Khanian’s mission in life is to “put a smile on someone’s face and possibly save a life here or there.” We think that the lifeguard and Ewing’s sarcoma survivor is well on...

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Daniel

Daniel

Our YPA Chairman, Daniel, recounts his journey from diagnosis to remission he remembers the difficult questions that come with cancer at the age of 13. Now, 10 years out, Daniel is embarking on his next life-changing journey: med school.  

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Alexis

Alexis

After her diagnosis, Alexis found support in her high-school teammates and comfort in activities she participated in before her treatment. Take a second to listen as she explains why these things helped her transition through chemo and back to life...

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