All Leanna Elizalde wanted was to walk with her classmates and now she walks with the support of an entire nation behind her.

When I first heard about Leanna Elizalde's story, I knew I had to act. Here is this young bright girl who persevered through radiation and surgeries and stayed committed to her classes and studies with the hope of graduating with her class today. Just shy of one class of completing her senior year, Leanna found out she would not be able to walk across the stage and hear her name announced with the class of 2008. 

As the nation caught wind of Leanna's story, an unofficial movement started to form behind her. Young adult cancer survivors, survivorship groups, doctors, nurses, teachers, parents, and friends of the family would not step down until Leanna was allowed to walk with her class. When I heard of this story, I too was enraged. Leanna embodies the strength, leadership and commitment to education that inspires other young adults to keep fighting. 

As the founder and president of CCC, I am honored to announce that Leanna Elizalde is our 2008 Survivorship Award Recipient. 

As Leanna's name is called from the podium and she steps onto the stage in her cap and gown, she takes a huge step for all young adult cancer survivors. 

Today marks the beginning of a bright future for Leanna and all young adult cancer survivors. 

Congratulations to the class of 2008!!

Carolyn Rubenstein
Founder and President
Carolyn's Compassionate Children (CCC)

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