Dzire2Survive: My 5 Year Survivalbration
Erica was diagnosed with potentially fatal Stage 4 Hodgkin Lymphoma on March 28, 2013. Her journey to survive her battle with cancer was very trying but after overcoming her obstacles, Erica is very passionate about inspiring people to have the d’zire to survive any challenges that they may face in their lives. Erica’s fight to survive lymphoma had its highs and its lows, however she didn’t give up even when at times her battle seemed like it wasn’t getting any easier. Through her unwavering faith and trust in God as well as exuding a positive attitude, she knew she could get through it all.
Since overcoming her cancer battled, Erica has founded her movement “Dzire2Survive” with a mission to improve the quality of life of patients and their families touched by the lymphoma disease, by providing education and up to date information. Erica wants to inspire patients with peer to peer comfort to help them continue to fight and overcome their battle with blood cancers. Erica is an ambassador with “The Lymphoma Research Foundation” where her story is featured this month on their Adolescent and Young Adult stories of hope page (https://www.lymphoma.org) with a host of other features such as the L.A. Wave Newspapers, Houston Style Magazine, Cancer Today Magazine, CURE Magazine and LRF lymphoma awareness campaign videos (Erase Lymphoma, Impacting Lives-Youtube) sharing her amazing life changing survival story.
Over the past 5 years, Erica has dedicated her time and efforts in her cancer community to help give HOPE unto individuals affected by the disease. On March 28, 2018, Erica will be celebrating her 5 year Survivorversary and to celebrate her special milestone, she would like to have a special fundraiser in honor of her 5 wonderful years of survivorship. The funds raised will help patients and their families with financial support, research, and so much more.
Every year, more than 80,000 people are diagnosed with lymphoma - that means every seven minutes, someone in the United States receives a lymphoma diagnosis. Today, more than 700,000 people are currently living with this disease. That is why I support the Lymphoma Research Foundation and their mission to eradicate lymphoma and serve those touched by this blood cancer.
This moment in my life means so much to me and I would love for my friends, family and friends of friends to join me in this amazing celebration to mark 5 years of Strength, Courage and HOPE.