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Childhood Cancer Survivor Stories

Meet some of the childhood cancer survivors that the NCCS has helped throughout the years. Read their cancer survivor stories, view their pictures and learn more about their journey. We're sure they will inspire you - just as they inspire us each and every day!

Meet Lillian

"Thank you so much for everything you are doing for families like mine." - Lillian's mom
→ read Lillian's story

Meet Ainsley

"We are so grateful to the NCCS," said Angela, Ainsley's mom . "They have helped us financially, spiritually and emotionally..."
→ read Ainsley's story

Meet Ben

"Cancer has helped me discover what I love doing."
→ read Ben's essay

Meet Gabrielle

"Cancer does not define me, but it has contributed tremendously to the person that I am today."
→ read Gabrielle's essay

Meet Farah

"My cancer experience is essential to me; it has taught me that the light at the end of the tunnel is attainable as long as I keep my head up and my hand out always reaching."
→ read Farah's essay

Meet Harrison

"I had cancer. This fact alone does not define me. However, it is an important part of my journey and has helped me develop servant leadership qualities."
→ read Harrison's essay

Meet Callie

"Survivorship does last a lifetime. I am able to appreciate the opportunities I am given and I don't let the small things bother me..."
→ read Callie's essay

Meet Caitlin

"My experience taught me that we are measured by how we handle life's adversities."
→ read Caitlin's essay

Meet Dean

"I am more focused on what I want to achieve in life and the direction I am headed. I fought the fight. I've beaten the odds. I am a champion."
→ read Dean's essay

Meet Amber

"I am a survivor and I will make something from it."
→ read Amber's essay

Meet Halle

"Today I am cancer-free, empowered by the lessons I learned, and thankful for my life."
→ read Halle's essay

Meet Jessica

"Childhood is defined by the development of character, built on moments of discovery, success, and mistakes that lead to wisdom."
→ read Jessica's essay

Meet Joanne

"Looking back now, I can say that I'm actually glad that I had cancer."
→ read Joanne's essay

Meet Brandon

"Hearing your seven year-old has cancer has got to be the hardest words for any parents to hear," - Brandon's mom
→ read Brandon's story

Meet Anthony

"NCCS and their financial help has been a relief... to have some of the burden lifted has been a great blessing." - Anthony's mom
→ read Anthony's story

Meet Hailee

"We are humbled by the outpouring of support." - Hailee's mom
→ read Hailee's story

Meet Rosalyn

"Aside from the severe emotional pain we experienced, our finances were drastically impacted..." - Rosalyn's mom
→ read Rosalyn's story

Meet Sophia

"We fight together as a team to try and save her vision and more importantly, her life." _ Sophia's mom
→ read Sophia's story

Meet Kaleb

"Hearing those words that your child has cancer... has turned our once normal lives upside down," said Kaleb’s mom, Cheyanne.
→ read Kaleb's story

Meet Oliver

"The National Children's Cancer Society has been extremely helpful in making our mission possible."
→ read Oliver's story

Meet Adam

"Determination and dedication are key aspects of my mentality."
→ read Adam's story

Meet Sophia

"We will forever be grateful for everything you have helped our family with..." Guadalupe - Sophia's mom.
→ read Sophia's story

Meet Adam

"We found a huge light through The National Children's Cancer Society"
→ read Adam's story

Meet Alexandra

"It is much more freeing to put the disease out in the open instead or trying to forget it."
→ read Alexandra's story

Meet Aloriea

"The NCCS is just as much a part of saving my daughter’s life as the doctors..."
→ read Aloriea's story

Meet Allie

"Thank you for helping us fight the good fight!"
→ read Allie's story

Meet Allison

"I am a 19-year-old cancer survivor; there is nothing that I can't do!"
→ read Allison's story

Meet Allysa

"We want to say thank you, NCCS, for all the help on our journey to recovery!"
→ read Allysa's story

Meet Anders

"We could not have given Anders the best possible outcome without their help."
→ read Anders story

Meet Anderson

"The National Children’s Cancer organization has been vital in helping us through our struggles"
→ read Anderson's story

Meet Ashley

"The most important thing we can do as a cancer survivor is share our experience."
→ read Ashley's story

Meet Austin

Meet Austin Serrano who, throughout his battle, has never lost his childish sense of fun.
→ read Austin's story

Meet Beckham

"I have often reflected on how blessed we have been by the generosity of the NCCS."
→ read Beckham's story

Meet Brad

"Your organization made a huge difference in his life whether you know it or not"
→ read Brad's story

Meet Brayden

"My son, Brayden, was diagnosed with bilateral Retinoblastoma at two weeks old."
→ read Brayden's story

Meet Cassie

"Cancer ATTACKED...Cancer TOOK...Cancer LOST...Cassie SURVIVED!!!"
→ read Cassie's words

Meet Chase

Battling osteosarcoma as a teenage boy for over nine months impacted Chase Meacham's entire life.
→ read Chase's story

Meet Chelsea

"The money I received helped out so much. I am so grateful for their help."
→ read Chelsea's story

Meet Cody

"I will never forget that day that our life was changed. Some for the worse and some for the better."
→ read Cody's story

Meet Cole

"I built mental strength and determination to do whatever it took to face these challenges."
→ read Cole's story

Children with Cancer Survivor Stories

Meet Dakota

"Without the aid of NCCS, we would not be able to get the healthcare treatment our daughter requires to stay alive."
→ read Dakota's story

Meet Drew

"The extra boost from NCCS removed some of the extra weight on our shoulders...Thank you NCCS!"
→ read Drew's story

Meet Elise

Elise was diagnosed when she was only five months old with bilateral Retinoblastoma.
→ read Elise's story

Meet Elizabeth

"I don't think I'll ever stop trying to make an impact or changes for the better. This is what survivorship means to me."
→ read Elizabeth's story

Meet Emily

"She's found a way, with God, I believe, to embrace all she has and enjoy life in a way that some never figure out."
→ read Emily's story

Meet Grant

Grant is a boy from Illinois who was diagnosed with a rare skin cancer called Spitzoid Melanoma.
→ read Grant's story

Meet Heather

One day she was playing with her girlfriends; the next, 10-year-old Heather was in a doctor's office being told she had leukemia.
→ read Heather's story

Meet Helena

"Challenges continue with my vision but I have tools under my sleeve to combat their moves."
→ read Helena's story

Meet Jack

"My diagnosis and treatment also instilled in me the importance of living a healthy lifestyle."
→ read Jack's story

Meet Jackson

"As cancer survivor, I am not a 'one size fits all' kind of person so finding a place where I feel whole is essential."
→ read Jackson's story

Meet John

"No cancer survivor is truly cancer-free. I will carry it with me for the rest of my life."
→ read John's words

Meet Joseph

"He is an amazing person who shares his story with everyone."
→ read Joseph's story

Meet Josh

"Through my survivorship I have finally understood life is sacred"→ read Josh's words

Meet Josh

It was that love of sports and a seemingly normal day of tee-ball practice that changed the Cooper family forever.
→ read Josh's story

Childhood Cancer Survivors

Meet Juliana

"We really appreciate The NCCS - their help means one less thing we have to worry about."
→ read Juliana's story

Meet Justin

"People always say 'to know Justin is to love Justin!'"
→ read Justin's story

Meet Kelsey

"When fighting my battle against cancer I was challenged physically, socially and spiritually."
→ read Kelsey's story

Meet Lauren

"We are truly grateful for the kindness and generosity the NCCS has given our family."
→ read Lauren's story

Meet Liz

Liz expects nothing but the best from herself whether in the classroom or on the playing field.
→ read Liz's story

Meet Lucas

"Thank you for all that you do, and for what you have done for our family. God Bless!"
→ read Lucas' story

Meet Mary

"Life is hard, fun, sad and very unpredictable, but I believe cancer has given me the drive to fight and succeed."
→ read Mary's words

Meet Megan

"Cancer was the worst thing that happened to me. I lost my hair, my friends, and my freedom...yet, I wouldn't take it back for anything in the world."
→ read Megan's essay

Meet Melinda

"What an amazing gift to receive...life. Better yet, what an incredible gift to give."
→ read Melinda's essay

Meet Molly

"Going through childhood cancer as a family turns your world upside down. Imagine facing that news not once, but twice."
→ read Molly's story

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Meet Montana

"I think about cancer every day. It gives me the drive and the passion to do everything that I do."
→ read Montana's essay

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Meet Natasha

"I will do whatever it takes to prove that cancer has not conquered me"
→ read Natasha's essay

Meet Neha

"I became a believer that we are only given the challenges that we will be able to handle."
→ read Neha's story

Meet Nelvyn

"I share my story to inspire others in the same situation"
→ read Nelvyn's story

Meet Nicholas

"Finding out your child has cancer feels like an emotional knockout punch"
→ read Nicholas' story

Meet Noah

Elizabeth Shaw was new to parenthood when she noticed that her three-month-old son, Noah, wasn't focusing his eyes on anyone or anything.
→ read Noah's story

Meet Olivia

"We are so thankful for everything NCCS has done for Olivia. We cannot imagine our incredible journey without their help."
→ read Olivia's story

Meet Porter

"Thank you NCCS for all you do."
→ read Porter's story

Meet Rachael

"Cancer is merely one of my stories. The subject is not a sensitive one for me because my goal is not to be pitied but to inform."
→ read Rachael's story

Meet Rikesia

"At the age of fourteen, my life changed forever. I went on a journey that most teenagers would never imagine."
→ read Rikesia's essay

Meet Roman

Roman was a happy, healthy kindergartener who had never been sick longer than 48 hours in his entire life. But that all changed in October 2010.
→ read Roman's story

Meet Sam

Sam is from Texas and has Neuroblastoma. He has been fighting cancer since he was four years old.
→ read Sam's story

Meet Santiago

"When your child is diagnosed with cancer, your life stops, changes course, and begins toward a path to do anything to help your baby."
→ read Santiago's story

Meet Sara

"Thank you for all the support you gave us!"
→ read Sara story

Meet Sarah

"I know I have been given a gift and cannot waste my life just waiting for the cancer to return someday."
→ read Sarah's essay

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Meet Tia

"Life is good!! We are so blessed! Thank you National Children's Cancer Society!"
→ read Tia's story

Meet Zach

"Thank you to the NCCS for all you do for our kids."
→ read Zach's story