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Kids with cancer experience a day of college life

Colton Shone
July 28, 2017 05:25 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- It was a very special day for some Albuquerque kids at CNM: They got to experience what it was like to be a college student.


For many, it gives them hope while they go through what no kid should ever have to go through: fighting cancer.

"What's it called? Medulloblastoma and it's in my head but I was doing chemo but I didn't finish it. But I'm doing good now," said 14-year-old Leeandra Tafoya.

"It's called LCH and I have a tumor in the pituitary gland," said 15-year-old Marissa Jaramillo.

The kids had a chance to experience what it's like to be a college student at CNM for the day, from learning to be a fitness instructor to working in health care or even operating a drone.

"Enjoy a little bit and forget about their treatments and forget about their appointments. To have a good time," said Samantha Chavez with the Children's Cancer Fund of New Mexico.

Throughout the day, the kids from age 10 to 18, started off the day with college orientation. They got student IDs made, took several classes, and finished out the day with a graduation ceremony.

The experience allowed them to explore what they'd like to do when they're grown up. They also bonded with other kids who know what they're going through.

"My mom will tell me if I'm not feeling good, "it's okay, just take the medicine", I'm like, 'I can’t take it, you don't understand. I don't feel good I'll throw up.' She doesn’t understand," said Tafoya.

These kids know life can be tough but they're also living proof that there is hope.

Learn more: Children's Cancer Fund of New Mexico


Colton Shone

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