Friday Fighters

Friday Fighter: Azalia Taylor, age 13

Azalia Taylor

Welcome back, y'all!

I met a lovely young lady on Instagram yesterday by the name of Azalia Taylor, and I had to introduce her to y'all right away! Azalia is 13 years old, she lives in Puerto Rico, and she is fighting for her life against an Endodermal Sinus Tumor. This type of cancer is most common in boys under three, so for it to appear in a tween girl is very unusual. Azalia was diagnosed in December 2016 and had a softball size tumor removed. Now, she is undergoing chemotherapy. Azalia is passionate about clean eating and her personal relationship with God. She credits both for her great joy and hopeful outlook as she continues treatment.

Azalia Kayaking

When Azalia commented on one of the Quilts for Cure Instagram photos yesterday (shown above), she said something so beautiful:

"I want to learn how to make quilts! They are so cool and individual and unique... none are the same. Just like every cancer is not the same for everyone!"

Azalia and her friend

I also asked her to write about her experience having cancer so that I could share it with y'all:

"I just turned 13, but I was diagnosed at 12. My live was cool but getting a cancer diagnosis has changed everything forever! It has invaded my life, and I see it as an unwanted intruder. I'm a tween! i would have never guessed in a million years that I would be diagnosed with cancer. yet, here I am, and although my world is different now, I will NOT let it take away my trust and love for my Heavenly Father, or my desires and hopes, or my joy and happiness!! It has made me more aware of who I am-- a cancer warrior, and that comes from within me. I will NOT be discouraged!! So, I want others to know that cancer can change things, but it doesn't define who I am!"

Azalia and her quilt

You are a BEAUTIFUL ROCKSTAR, Azalia! I'm following Azalia on Instagram, and I'll keep y'all updated as she kicks cancer's butt!

ACTION ITEMS:

1) COMMENT Either here or on Azalia's Instagram, @azaliacancerwarrior, please leave a message of encouragement for her and her mama, Mar-Lee.

2) QUILT Who would like to make Azalia a quilt of her very own? Email me at hollyanne (at) quiltsforcure.org!

3) CONNECT Do you know a quilter in Puerto Rico who could help Azalia realize her dream of learning to quilt? Email me at hollyanne (at) quiltsforcure.org

Finally, for all of you also celebrating this weekend, Happy Easter! He is Risen!

With Joy Like Azalia's,

HollyAnne