National Youth Ambassador
Hello everyone. I’m Alex, and I am a childhood cancer survivor.
I am from North Carolina and I am truly honored to be a Hyundai Hope On Wheels National Youth Ambassador.
When I was only five years old, I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s T-cell Lymphoma. It all began during a wellness check-up, when my pediatrician detected a lump on my neck. The next day, I went to the hospital for more tests, where they detected a growth, did a rush biopsy surgery, and determined that I had pediatric cancer. I was in treatment for almost three years, and over the course of my treatment, I stayed over 60 nights in the hospital, and I had over 1,200 doses of chemotherapy.
I was a typical five-year old, who enjoyed playing with my friends and playing sports. Because of my treatment, however, I missed my entire kindergarten year and a part of first grade, missing many of the same opportunities my friends had. One of the things I most remember when going through treatment is a program call “the monkey in my chair.” This is where a giant life-size stuffed monkey teddy bear sits in the classroom chair of my school, when I could not be there. The monkey would get my homework, go field trips and even was a part of the class picture. This was really fun and kept me connected to my school friends.
I am one of the lucky ones and now I want to help more kids beat cancer, too. What I want to say to kids who are fighting childhood cancer is you can win. Anyone who knows me, knows I love sports. I play to win. I look forward to inspiring other kids to win their fight against childhood cancer! You are a winner in my eyes.
Never give up. Together, as a team, we can beat childhood cancer!
View Alex’s Journey of Hope
Hyundai is committed to curing pediatric cancer and these are some of the photos of our National Youth Ambassadors supporting the fight. Through out the years we have a lot to be proud of. Special events and community activities show how far Hope On Wheels can go.