Alexis is a 23 year old UCLA graduate student. She was treated for Hodgkin's Lymphoma at age 15 at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. Over the past 8 years, she has worked as a volunteer and in leadership positions for Relay for Life, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation and the Dream Foundation. She is passionate about working with those experiencing cancer and plans to continue to do so throughout her career.
At the young age of sixteen, Allie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer that was rapidly spreading from my right knee upwards through her femur. In January of 2011, she underwent 12 months of chemotherapy along with two extensive surgeries. She is now a healthy eighteen-year-old planning to go off to college fall of 2013.
Cookie was 2 years old when she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL). She underwent a year and a half of surgery and chemotherapy. At 5 years old, she relapsed with leukemia again. Three years later, after extensive surgeries and chemotherapy, she was once again on the road to recovery. At age 9, Cookie relapsed with leukemia yet again. She had chemotherapy again but was advised that she needed a bone marrow transplant. April, 2006, she had a bone marrow transplant at UCLA where she lived for 66 days. In December, 2010, Cookie was diagnosed with a very rare and deadly skin cancer called Merkel Cell Carcinoma. She underwent an extensive surgery on her neck and lymph nodes and 6 weeks of daily radiation.
With all of that, Cookie is 16 years old now and is a member of the National Honor Society. Cookie is thriving and living her life to the fullest, pursuing her academics and her hobbies of reading, playing with her dog, adding to her numerous collections and doing as many sports as possible.
At the age of eleven he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and was place on an intensive chemotherapy protocol until the age of fourteen. He is now in remission and very active in the cancer world as a survivor. He is one of the longest standing survivors with Imerman Angels, helping give one-on-one support to newly diagnosed cancer patients. He is a national ambassador and the west coast representative for The Gift of Life Bone Marrow Registry, serving as both a speaker and organizer for bone marrow drives and fundraising efforts.
Daniel is the Co-Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Daltrey/Townshend Teen and Young Adult Cancer Program at UCLA.
Daniel holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology with a Pre-Medical Concentration, in addition to a degree in Judaic Studies. He aspires to begin a career in clinical medicine, and hopes to start graduate school in the Fall of 2013. He is also fluent in Spanish, Hebrew, and Farsi.
Emily is a 16 years old junior at Long Beach Polytechnic High School in California and was on the Junior Varsity tennis team. She was diagnosed with osteosarcoma when she was 15 years old, in December of 2011. She endured 18 rounds of chemotherapy at UCLA and an orthopedic surgery, at City of Hope, where I received a donor bone in place of some of my right tibia. I will be non-weight bearing on that leg for a year and mostly getting around in a wheelchair. I spent 9 months being home schooled during my treatments and I am now back at school and thinking about college.
John is a 27 years old and in his 2nd year of a 2-year graduate program at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. He was originally diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma during the holiday break of his freshman year at the University of Michigan in 2005. Since then I have been in and out hospitals and clinics, returning to school intermittently to complete semesters. After relapsing with Leukemia, I received a bone marrow transplant at UCSF in 2008.
After three total relapses, he has been in remission for over two years now and feels confident when he says "I have a unique perspective on life". John strongly believe that his support system of family and friends has gotten him through the treatment and the many disappointments that come with battling a serious blood cancer.
Nico is a 10-year young adult cancer survivor of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and co-founder of Thrive/Survive Los Angeles
, a nonprofit project of The Giving Back Fund. Thrive/Survive is a portal community to enable real-life meet-ups of post-treatment young adult cancer survivors through free seminars, support groups and other networking events, in addition to clear, concise access to information such as understanding local medical practitioners, financial resources and lifestyle information. She is a past nominee for the 2012 CLASSY Awards Volunteer of the Year and currently serves as a member of The California Dialogue on Cancer (CDOC) Treatment and Survivorship Team.
Patrick appreciates and values his life very much and attributes his well-being to his support team, both at home and at UCLA. His friends and family were always there for him, and all of the staff at UCLA were unwavering in their professionalism, positivity, and enthusiasm in getting him better. He always expresses gratitude towards their hard work and will always cherish the efforts they made to help him be the person he is today. It was a difficult ordeal for everyone to go through, but Patrick will always express how his experience at UCLA made him a better person.
At twelve-years-old, Avi was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma as he was getting ready to go to Israel for his bar-mitzvah. Ewing's is a rare cancerous bone/soft tissue tumor that is often found in teens and young adults. He went through surgery, chemotherapy and radiation for more than a year.
Avi has been cancer survivor for more than five years. He is currently the Co-Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Daltrey/ Townshed Teen and Young Adult Cancer Program at UCLA. He is in his second year of college and is striving to become a doctor. He would like to be able to provide help to patients in need, similar to the way doctors helped him when he was diagnosed. His goal within the program is to provide cancer patients, as well as cancer survivors, support, comfort, and relationships that can help light up their day.
Hernan was 15 when he was diagnosed with Leukemia. Beating Leukemia has made him feel like he could do anything in the world. Feeling empowered, Hernan now makes movies for everyone to enjoy.
During her first week of high school, Christina was being checked for a appendicitis when they found two ganglioneuroblastoma tumors on my left adrenal gland. It's been seven and a half years, since Christina had her tumors resected. Now she is currently studying economics at UCLA along with completing the pre-med curriculum.