8-Year-Old Who Lost Both Her Legs to Cancer Completes Impressive Feat

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Kayla Wiggins is just 8 years old, but she’s already beaten bone cancer two times. Despite losing both of her legs to the disease, Kayla participated in the 2014 Lilac Bloomsday Run in Spokane, Wash., on Sunday, May 4.

“She inspires me to overcome things that I think are difficult,” Philippa Mayall, Kayla’s aunt, says in the KREM.com video below. “But they’re not. When you watch Kayla none of it’s hard.”

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Teen’s Instagram Paints Poignant, Honest Picture of a Year With Cancer

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In May 2013, when Michael Tatalovich, a senior from Henderson, Nev., found out he had a Stage 1 Ewing’s sarcoma, a cancerous bone tumor, he decided he was going to share his battle with the disease on Instagram.

“I don’t believe the ugly or shocking sides of my condition should be hidden,” he wrote on the picture-sharing site. “It’s part of the journey and wholly illustrating my experience is something I would like to accomplish.”

A year later, Tatalovich is in recovery with no sign of the disease, according to his most recent Instagram post.

“In the past 365 days, I’ve learned more about myself and the process of life than many will learn in years,” he wrote. “This is not the end to my story though, just the marker of a difficult chapter ending.”

Below are a few pictures from Tatalovich’s journey. You can follow him on Instagram here.

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Pixar Dream Comes True for Boy Who Conquered Stage 4 Cancer

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Whenever Aiden Hyde was stuck in the hospital, Nemo, Marlin and even Bruce the sharp-toothed shark kept him company.

The 5-year-old from Sydney, Australia, had Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer. Luckily, after rounds and rounds of chemotherapy, he’s in remission, according to The Daily Telegraph. So, when the Make-A-Wish Foundation heard about his love for “Finding Nemo,” it decided to send him on a Great Barrier Reef adventure of his own.

“The promise of his wish has helped give him hope and keep him strong through some difficult times,” Jeremy Hyde, Aiden’s father, told the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

On Tuesday, April 29, that wish came true. Make-A-Wish sent Aiden on a scavenger hunt all over Cairns, Australia. The 5-year-old got to fly in a helicopter, take part in his own parade and snorkel until he found his favorite clownfish, Nemo. He even found a fan in Australian actor Eric Bana.

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Famous Cartoon Characters Shave Their Heads So Kids With Cancer Don’t Have to Feel Different

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Bald is beautiful, and a slew of famous cartoon characters are here to prove it.

In the images below, TV regulars like Snoopy, Hello Kitty and Popeye have gone under the razor so kids and teens with cancer can see that losing your hair isn’t equivalent to losing your happiness. This “Bald Cartoons” campaign began in November 2013 in São Paulo, Brazil, when two organizations — ad agency Ogilvy Brazil and nonprofit GRAACC — set out to make sure young people with cancer don’t have to feel “different” for being bald.

“We want to reduce all prejudice around the disease. There is no difference between a child with cancer and any other one,” Roberto Fernandez, creative director at Ogilvy Brazil, said in a press release. “Both are children and deserve to be happy.”

Scroll down to see just a few cartoon celebrities who went under the razor to raise cancer awareness. Then, watch the video at the bottom to see the kids’ reactions to watching their favorite, now-bald animated friends in action.

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Teen With Incurable Cancer Has a Truly Selfless Final Wish

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When people ask Stephen Sutton if they can raise money to help pay for his cancer treatment, the 19-year-old from England says, “No, thanks.” He’d rather you donate to help other people with cancer. Even when Sutton thought he was moments away from dying, he asked his 500,000 Facebook fans to continue fundraising for charity.


Sutton, who’s still alive since that “final thumbs up” post, started his Facebook page, Stephen’s story, in January 2013 when he found out his cancer was incurable. He wanted to share his bucket list with the world. Along the way, raising money for others became his passion. So Sutton began fundraising for Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity that supports teenagers battling the disease.

“This is not a sob story,” Sutton says in the video below. “This is Stephen’s story.”


Through JustGiving.com, Sutton has gone on to raise more than £3,000,000 ($5,000,000). On Monday, April 28, the teen took to Facebook again, to thank his supporters and give yet another big thumbs up.

“I feel very fortunate to be here,” he wrote, “and every second alive feels very special!!”


To donate to Teenage Cancer Fund in Sutton’s honor, head here.

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This Woman Is Fulfilling Her Husband’s Last Wish to Prove ‘Love Is Stronger Than the Grief’

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When Alison Miller’s husband of 24 years died from cancer last April, Miller had two options. She could retire to some apartment’s dark corner, wake up every day to an empty side of the bed and shut herself off from her friends and family. Or, she could drive all over the country and fulfill her husband’s final wish.

Chuck Dearing’s cancer had returned just four weeks earlier, while he and Miller were exploring the U.S. together, staying in military bases along the way (Dearing was an Air Force retiree). Even at his weakest, he focused on his wife’s happiness — he told her to go back to their favorite places and scatter his ashes, to drive right into the grief instead of being swallowed by it.

“Don’t wear black. Mourn for me in pink,” he said. “So I can find you out there. I’ll be looking for you.”

In the next seven months, Miller bought a teardrop-shaped trailer, painted its trim pink and had “Happily Homeless” written across it. In December, she set out in a pink car, towing the trailer across the country and documenting the journey in a blog.

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A year after her husband’s death, Miller is in Arizona visiting her kids when she calls The Mighty to talk about what she’s doing. She’s driven from Connecticut down the East Coast to Key West, Fla., then moved along the Gulf Coast and through Texas. Her pink vehicles have made sure she’s never alone — they attract people at each place she visits. Miller tells her story to anyone who will listen.

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“If I do nothing else in this small, little world, I’m going to change the language about grief,” Miller told The Mighty. “Too often it’s labeled as depression.”

Miller doesn’t want grief to be taboo. She wants people to talk, to say, “I’m sad. I need company,” to face that sadness head on, to be proactive. She’s still devastated by her husband’s quick death. She keeps driving, anyway.

“I’m not dying. I haven’t died. So I have to live,” Miller told The Mighty. “And if I have to live, I’m going to make damn sure I live as loudly and as lovingly as possible.”

In June, Miller will be back on the road, this time with her daughter, to continue the journey. She now dons a tattoo that reads, “Nothing but love,” in a spot on the back of her neck where her husband used to kiss her each day. That love, she says, propels her to get up every morning. She does it for herself, she does it for her kids and she does it for the people she meets on the road, many of whom tell her about their own grief.

“I want people to know that love stories do exist,” Miller said. “And when people die, the love is stronger than the grief.”

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