Honored Kid

Rita Mirza

Age 24
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Chicago , IL, US


Ewing sarcoma

Date of Diagnosis

August 2017


In treatment

Treated At

Advocate Children's Hospital - Park Ridge

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My Story

My summer of 2017 was filled with lots of memorable moments that I shared with my friends and family. I finally got my first summer job, working at a icecream shop that I had been going to since I was younger. It's true when they said you never work a day if you love your job. I guess seeing how happy kids were when they were handed their ice creams really got to me. Most of the time it was the teens and adults who acted more excited to have the first for kicks of their favorite icecream. With this job, it made me feel very confident and to know that saving my money can help pay for my prom fees. As my senior year was coming up, I took the summer to mentally prepare myself for all the AP homework I'd be getting. Also preparing to be a P.E leader for the freshmen. I was so excited to mentor my younger classmates. However throughout the summer, there wasn't a day where I didn't have some sort of pain going on. It was strange but I shrugged it off. It wasn't until a few days before my first day of senior year where I fell very ill. I tried to fight it off to spend time with my friends and not worry my family. Therefore, I still managed to go to school on the first day and fight back with whatever was bringing me down. My friends and family noticed I didn't look okay. So my mom took my to the hospital on the second day of school. They noticed I had a mass in my chest and since my mom also had cancer when I was younger, the doctors sent me to Lutheran children's hospital to work on my case. About a week of being in the hospital, I was diagnosed with stage 4 Ewing's Sarcoma. It was unbelievable how much support I received from my friends and family. Day by day , I had about 15 people in my room all at once. All the nurses called me the "popular girl" when they saw because the visitors sign in sheet was filled with my name only. I had doctors and nurses walk in my room and say "oh you're the popular girl ! You have more people in the waiting room" . Having cancer really taught me a lot about life. I met total strangers who just heard about me and really wanted to come see me, and from then we became very close. I'm so thankful for everything and everyone. I realized that I have touched so many people's hearts and they've touched mine too. I always have a smile on my face and told all my friends not to worry about me because I'm not going anywhere. From the beginning I knew this happened for a reason and that I have a purpose. My purpose is to help other kids fighting cancer find happiness and light through their tough time. I continue fighting today, beating cancer by the minute.

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