Teen & Young Adult Hospital Stories
Hey my name’s Hernan - I was 15 when I went through treatment for Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. Somehow I beat it - but I felt so much was wrong about my experience. Things that could have helped other young people survive were missing.
With hopes that I could improve the cancer experience for others, I started making short films about it. I wanted to show other patients that they are not alone — and to show the world that there are young people fighting cancer all around them. But I knew that in order to do this I would have to hit the road. So I packed up my gear and set out on a trip that would take the next year of my life to complete.
I went to all 50 states, drove 25k miles of road, and collected 28TB of footage. But more important than that - I met 90 great people who I now call my friends. I hope you enjoy their stories as much as I enjoyed this journey.
Below are some of the blog entries I wro Let’s step back and relive some of those miles!
Cancer Gave Me A Cause
I had cancer. Bone cancer to be exact. Osteosarcoma if you want specifics. I was diagnosed in the last six weeks of my Sophomore year i...Read More
Alyssa Reflects On Life During AYA Week
My experience at age 14, left me and my friends at a standstill. It was difficult to relate to each other, which made me feel like no o...Read More
I Didn’t Know What I Needed
Hey y’all, It’s well into 2018 and I’m so incredibly thankful to be able to share with you all how things are going. Fo...Read More
Alec's Story for AYA Week
When I was a freshman in college, I was diagnosed with a 19 cm. long Ewing Sarcoma in my left pelvis. It was sitting on a set of nerves...Read More
I’m Alec Kupelian. I’m now 23 and well over two years in remission. I was diagnosed with a 19cm long Ewing’s sarcoma ...Read More
Mafalda von Alvensleben
My name is Mafalda von Alvensleben (I know, it’s a mouthful), and I’ve lived in LA for most of my life, but my family is originally...Read More
Rebecca, age 17, diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in August of 2012 and went into remission March of 2015. Underwent chemo, ...Read More
My name is Samantha Stacy, and I am 21 years old. In March of 2015, after some fairly innocent seeming knee pain, I was diagnosed with ...Read More
Hi, everyone! My name is Jack Guarino and I am a seventeen year old, rising senior in high school. I currently attend Gonzaga College H...Read More