Liver cancer survivor to honor family, friends at Relay for Life

Updated: 04/25/2014 11:13 AM | Created: 04/25/2014 11:09 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Crowds will be filling Johnson Field at UNM for the annual Relay for Life on Friday. For some – it's a walk to celebrate life, a walk of thanks or a walk of remembrance.

For one of the Relay for Life organizers, 22-year-old Meghan Maes, it's all three.

"I think literally everybody has been touched by cancer," she said.

Meghan was diagnosed with liver cancer when she was just 5 months old. It's been a long road to get where she is today – healthy and alive. And every day, she's forever grateful for life, the doctors, the nurses and her parents who stood by her.

"They're the ones who nursed me back to health, you know. I wouldn't be here without them and so I relay for them to honor them," she said.

But not everyone who stood by Meghan is here, like her 15 friends, who had cancer but have passed.

"If you get cancer, it doesn't just affect you, it affects your whole family and so you just really need that support to realize that, hey, I'm not alone," she said.

So on Friday, hundreds of people will walk around UNM's Johnson Field and for each loop Meghan makes, she'll be thinking and giving thanks.

"For me, it's about support and it's about honoring those who we've lost and really recognize the people like my parents as caregivers, our doctors," she said.

For more info or to donate to the Relay for Life event at UNM, click here.

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