If you already know her, then you know how absolutely wonderful she is and why I love her so dearly.
Diagnosed at age 14 with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Angelica is now 22-years-old.
Here is how Angelica has spent the past 8 YEARS of her life…battling cancer…4 TIMES.
January 2009 – first diagnosis.
January 2010 – first relapse.
January 2011 – second relapse.
May 28, 2011 – bone marrow transplant.
October 2015 – third relapse.
November 4, 2016 – last chemo treatment
Every time I have seen Angelica, no matter her circumstances, she is the most positive person in the room. Constantly smiling, upbeat and tremendously grateful.
Here is Angelica in her own words:
Cancer helped mold me into the person I’m striving to become. It drew me closer to my faith and allowed me to understand things in a way I’ve never had the capability to do before.
I’m hoping to become a pediatric oncology physician assistant and work at Texas Children’s Hospital – a plan I would never have formulated without firsthand experience.
Another goal of mine is to help those children in the Philippines who are also struggling with cancer. From what I saw when I visited a public children’s hospital there, there’s a lot of families who need financial support. I hope to start a foundation, in the next couple of years, which could address these needs.
Our friend, Andrew Copulsky, helped Angelica and her family meet Philippine World Boxing Champion, Nonito Donaire Jr..
While Nonito is a World Boxing Champion, Angelica is a LIFE Champion, beating cancer 4 times!
Today’s run was scheduled for 2-3 hours. I wanted it to be divisible by 4 for each time Angelica has beaten cancer. Since I was in Washington, DC, I signed up for the C&O Towpath Marathon/Half Marathon. I dropped to the half-marathon after waking up with serious digestive issues. After the race started, I spent 14 minutes total in the bathroom. Take away those 14 minutes and I had a pretty decent half-marathon time, even struggling the entire race with that and beaten up legs from yesterday’s run. As it stands, I ended up running 34 minutes for each of Angelica’s VICTORIES over cancer. Not the kind of day I wanted for her, but as best I could do under the circumstances.
Who will you meet tomorrow?
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