Patsy MacDonald never wants to be thought of as a breast cancer survivor. Why? Because she’s a breast cancer badass.

In June 2011, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Today, after a double mastectomy and reconstruction, MacDonald is in remission and on a quest to raise $100,000 for the IWK Health Centre and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation in less than 60 days. To get the word out, she’s sharing a video (below) of how she responded to her surgery — by getting two beautiful tattoos over the scars on her chest and posing topless for the camera.

“I wasn’t necessarily trying to cover up the scars,” MacDonald says in the video. “I just thought, I want to make them pretty, make this more me.”

Sounds pretty badass to us.



Follow MacDonald’s journey on her Facebook page. If you’re interested in donating to her campaign, head here.

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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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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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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.


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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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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