Victoria, 14, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)

She’s a Ray of Sunshine

Victoria can brighten anyone’s day with her bubbly personality and infectious laughter—after all—those are the traits that earned her a spot on the middle school cheerleading squad.

(2006) – Smart. Beautiful. Sweet. Victoria is the definition of the typical the all-American girl.  But the past two years of Victoria’s life has been anything but typical. When Victoria was 11-years-old, she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most frequently diagnosed type of pediatric cancer.

“I was upset at first when I found out that I had cancer, but I couldn’t change it. I didn’t ask ‘why me?’  I asked ‘why not me,’ I knew God had a plan for me,” said Victoria.

So far, she’s had to endure multiple hospital stays, a rigorous chemotherapy treatment regime and not to mention the loss of her freedom.

Just when it seemed Victoria had beaten the cancer, she suffered a setback—her cancer relapsed.  But with a smile on her face, Victoria has found the bright side of what has been a difficult ordeal.

“She never complained or got upset; she’s just a real trooper, and I’m so in awe of her and the strength that she continues to display throughout her treatment,” said her dad, Victor.

Miraculously, Victoria responded to her second treatment of chemotherapy, and she learned her cancer cells went into remission in mid-October.  Victor and his wife, Jo Ellen, were elated that their daughter had finally begun to heal.

But they didn’t take any chances.  They continued to bring Victoria to the Texas Children’s Cancer Center for follow-up visits and treatment; this November, Victoria received a bone marrow transplant and is expected to make a full recovery.

Victoria hopes to soon return to her spot on the cheerleading squad and is excited that her hair is beginning to grow back. “I’ve got fuzzies,”  Victoria announced, rubbing the top of her baldhead—she can always find something to smile about.

Most of all, Victoria is grateful to the doctors, nurses and friends that helped her win this fight.

“I’m so lucky that we live near such a great hospital; I’ve loved making new friends in the Cancer Center and helping other kids with what they’re going through because I’ve been in their position” she said.

“I’m just so thankful for this hospital and that I’m in remission,” she added.