A fight with faith: beating cancer at 26

A 7 Eyewitness News Extra
Posted at 10:11 PM, Oct 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-06 09:26:32-04

It's a disease that has affected the lives of millions. Cancer -- that six-letter life-altering word . . . Roswell Park Cancer Institute has created a resource to help adolescents and young adults in the fight of their lives by providing support through peer-ship.

Monthly workshops are offer professional support and camaraderie, as well as a safe and understanding environment that promotes survivorship.

Alicia Keller was 25 when she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Lymphoma; in that instant, her whole life changed. What started as a lonely, isolated battle was nurtured by a community of survivors she met through Roswell Park's adolescent and young adult program.

The program not only assists this unique population as they fight their daily battle towards regaining the life they thought they lost, but through difficulties presented along the way as well. It also helps educate them, preparing them with skills and tools needed to navigate through the world post-cancer.

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