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Mom Thought Her Daughter Needed Cosmetic Surgery, Then Blood Work Reveals She Has Cancer

by Nicole Cannizzaro
Nicole is a writer who studied journalism. She loves music and spending time with her family.

When 16-year-old Raquel went to the doctor with what appeared to be a swollen gland, her mother thought it could be a cosmetic problem caused by exposure to the sun.

Then the test results came in, and their world was shattered into a million pieces.

The teen was diagnosed with pre-B acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She began treatment immediately at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and four months later, she was told that the chemotherapy was working.

As of April 2016, Raquel went into remission and is undergoing the rest of her treatment plan, which will last two and a half years.

Even though she’s in remission, she’s still a cancer patient and will always be part of the cancer community.

Losing her hair was one of the hardest things for her. Even though now it’s growing back, she knew that there were many other people and children out there who were struggling with their newly bald, but beautiful, heads.

That’s why she started the Bald Is Beautiful Project. The drive raises money on GoFundMe to provide bald American Girl Dolls to little girls with cancer, so they can feel beautiful and happy about themselves.

Eventually, Miami Children’s Health Foundation named her the 5k Hero for all of her efforts and contagious happiness.

She definitely deserves that title. So today, she’s here to help you get informed, and share her strong journey through cancer. Although Raquel learned to see the silver lining and keep her positivity, she’s first to admit it was not always easy.

Please SHARE this inspiring story with everyone you know to help every little girl get the beautiful doll they deserve!

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