“Fight Like a Kid” organization raises awareness and helps children with cancer – NBC 6 South Florida

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Childhood Cancer Organization, cancer is the leading cause of disease death in children in America.

At the age of 18, Bianca Maderal was diagnosed with stage 3 multifocal anaplastic astrocytoma.

Bianca’s life-changing brain cancer diagnosis, but it didn’t define it.

“Cancer has taught me a lot. I am not grateful for cancer, but I am grateful for what it has taught me,” she said.

While undergoing multiple surgeries and treatments, Bianca founded Fight like a child, an organization that provides care packages for hospitalized children battling cancer.

“It was actually my therapy. Instead of going to a psychologist or asking psychologists to come see me at the hospital, I opened Fight Like a Kid,” she said.

Bianca organizes several workouts and events each year. This month she worked with local schools. Student volunteers prepared baskets for cancer patients in South Florida hospitals.

Baskets are available for children of all ages. They have such items as stuffed animals, gift cards, and blankets.

“Students sometimes write little notes and throw them in the baskets to encourage and motivate patients in the hospital. When they see other children, other healthy children, helping them through the most difficult times. difficult, to be sick and to face death, it helps let them know that they are not alone, ”Maderal said.

For the September campaign, Bianca received over 1,000 donation baskets.

Bianca is now 23 years old. She is thrilled to have survived cancer, but she knows full well that she must continue her fight for the other children who are still going through the most difficult days of their lives.

“Never give up, have hope, always have a positive mindset, and of course to show cancer that it’s cancer’s turn to be afraid,” she said.

The next Fight Like a Kid drive will take place during Thanksgiving. If you would like to donate or volunteer, you can email [email protected]

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