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Model Takes A Break From Kicking Cancer’s Butt To Get Back In Front Of The Camera

25-year-old Elly Mayday had a thriving career in Canada as a plus-size model, and it seemed like nothing could slow her down until last summer, when she started feeling ill. “I was told it was a cyst so many times,” she says, “and I just knew deep down in my heart that there was something else wrong.” Turns out Mayday had a rare, aggressive form of ovarian cancer. Treatment required a grueling chemotherapy regimen, surgery to remove the tumors, and a full hysterectomy. In the process, Mayday lost her hair and 40 pounds, but she didn’t lose her lust for life or her desire to model. She’s already back in front of the camera, looking strong and beautiful, despite her uncertain prognosis. She even insisted on fulfilling her modeling commitment with a lingerie company after her surgery, shooting an ad that proudly shows off her surgery scars. Check out the inspiring image after the jump. And Elly? We’re all pulling for you. Keep reading »

It’s Time To Cry: A Mom’s Christmas Wish Is Granted 2 Years After Her Death

Brenda Schmitz Star 102.5 Christmas Wish
"My reason for writing is this. I have a wish."

“When you are in receipt of this letter, I will have already lost my battle to ovarian cancer.” So began a letter written by Brenda Schmitz, a mother of four who had passed away in 2011. A month before she died, Brenda gave the letter to a friend and asked her to keep it a secret until her husband, David, had found love again, at which point the friend was instructed to mail the letter to Des Moines radio station Star 102.5. Why the radio station? Because every year, Star partners with local businesses to grant listeners’ Christmas wishes, and Brenda had some very specific wishes in mind for her husband, his new wife-to-be, and their family. Here’s an excerpt of her beautiful letter: Keep reading »

Breaking News: Batkid Comes To The Rescue Of San Francisco, I Mean, Gotham City!

Breaking News: Batkid Comes To The Rescue Of San Francisco, I Mean, Gotham!

Right now, as I type this post, Gotham City, aka San Francisco for the rest of the day, is under siege — but don’t worry, because BATKID IS THERE to save the day! A couple weeks ago, we told you about Miles, a five-year-old currently in remission from leukemia, whose dream was to be Batman for a day. And the Make-A-Wish Foundation has come through on their promise to make exactly that happen for Miles, thanks to the hundreds of Bay Area volunteers who came out today to turn SF into Gotham for the day. According to this mock cover of the Gotham City Chronicle (put out by the San Francisco Chronicle, just for today), Batkid has already apprehended the Penguin and saved a damsel in distress from the Riddler — and he’s not done yet! After the jump, check out the full version of the Gotham City Chronicle‘s front page — and tune into the livestream of today’s Batkid adventures at the link. So awesome. [NBC Bay Area] Keep reading »

Jose Serrano, Boy With Huge Tumor, Uses Viagra To Shrink Growth

Jose Serrano, Boy With Huge Tumor, Uses Viagra To Shrink Growth

The pill responsible for reinvigorating the sex lives of thousands could also help give a young boy a chance at a normal life. Jose Serrano, 10, of Juarez, Mexico, has an enormous tumor on his neck that stretches across his chest, inhibits his movement and threatens his life. Read more on Huffington Post…

It’s Time To Cry: Photographer Captures Wife’s Battle With Breast Cancer

It's Time To Cry: Photographer Captures Wife's Battle With Breast Cancer

Angelo and Jennifer Merendino were married only five short months when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Angelo decided to catalog his wife’s treatment through his photographs, which he posted on a blog titled My Wife’s Fight With Breast Cancer. The images are beautiful, startling and heartbreaking, especially as they reveal Jennifer’s detereorating health. Unfortunately, Jennifer succumbed to the disease in December 2011, but her inspiration lives on in Angelo, who has started The Love You Sharea non-profit organization whose mission is to provide financial assistance to women in need while they are receiving treatment for breast cancer, with 50 percent of the profits from his book The Battle We Didn’t Choose going to the cause. Check out a few more of Angelo’s incredible photographs after the jump and then peruse his blog for more about he and Jennifer’s wonderful love story. But bring the Kleenex, because it’s a multi-hanky read. [My Wife's Fight With Breast Cancer via Viral Nova] Keep reading »

Bruce Jenner’s Latest Nose Bandage Has Nothing To Do With Vanity

For the last week or so, Bruce Jenner has been walking around with a small bandage on his nose. Now where he’s from in the land of plastic surgery, models, and venti lattes known as Hollywood — that generally means he sprung for a nose job. However, TMZ is reporting that Bruce’s days of too much plastic surgery are not making a comeback, not right now anyway. Instead, Bruce underwent surgery for skin cancer on his nose earlier this week. The “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star reportedly had a “chunk of tissue removed from his nose” and needed a total of 30 stitches. Read more at The Stir…

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