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Every year more than 12,500 infants and children are diagnosed with cancer. Despite remarkable research progress, cancer still kills more children than diabetes, cystic fibrosis, asthma, congenital anomalies and AIDS combined.

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DANA WERSHAWMy name is Dana, and I am a 16-year survivor of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. At the age of 6, I learned that cancer doesnít stop you from living, but it allows you to live your life with a different perspective. I was only 6 years old when I was diagnosed, and at the time I didnít know anything more than the fact that I was a sick kid who frequented the hospital more than the average first grader. I was an overall happy child even during my two and a half years of treatment.

Being an adult who has been in remission for 16 years, I look back and think that my cancer didnít stop me from living my life, but it made me stronger and it brought me to where I am today. I can proudly say I have pursued my life-long dream of becoming a teacher. I graduated with both a Bachelorís degree in psychology and a Masterís degree in childhood education in just five years, and I am currently a teaching assistant in an elementary school in my home district.

Pediatric Cancer Foundation is an amazing organization that my family and I have been personally involved with since my dad first saw their Walkathon on television at the hospital when I was first diagnosed in 1998. My dad contacted PCF to get my hospital (Cohenís Childrenís Hospital) to be a part of the PCF family. Since then, I have raised money through various fundraisers over the years. Having such a close connection with Pediatric Cancer Foundation, and still continuing to attend their events, has brought purpose to my life. It has allowed me to take my experience as a cancer survivor and help others who are touched by cancer. This is why I ask everyone to please join us in the fight against childhood cancer at the 21st Annual Pediatric Cancer Foundation Walkathon on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at Riverside Park, New York City. The annual Walkathon is a wonderful day celebrating children who have fought this challenging battle and won, and also to remember and honor the angels who have lost their fight, but who will never be forgotten.

DANA WERSHAW

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