Alex Hernandez, Family Member Patient
Grand Prairie, Texas
I got involved with Fight CRC right after my mom was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in 2014. I became her caregiver along with my aunt, and I was desperate to find more information about colon cancer. The resources Fight CRC provided were invaluable, and much needed during such a difficult time.
My mom battled cancer the same way she faced life; with humor, strength, and determination. She was a teacher for almost 30 years, but she often said that cancer was making her learn things for a change. She endured brutal chemo sessions, blood transfusions, and so much more by joking and listening to music.
Her battle was inspiring not only to my sisters (Gabby, 19, and Jimena, 12) and I, but everyone who was around to witness it.
She passed away in 2015, barely a year after being diagnosed. She was 51 years old. Losing her is the hardest thing I’ve ever been through.
I decided to join Fight CRC as an ambassador as a way to cope with my grief and find a purpose after my mom’s death, and primarily, to bring awareness to colon cancer. However, I soon realized that sharing my story, albeit tremendously important, was just a small part of what I had to do.
I’ve met survivors, family members, and caregivers, and I’ve been inspired by their courageous stories. I’m an ambassador for every single person who’s been affected by colon cancer I haven’t met yet, and the ones I’ll never get to meet.
It’s something enormous, larger than life, and I’m proud to be part of this movement.
WHAT ONE MILLION STRONG MEANS TO ALEX
While battling cancer, my mom often said that if she recovered, she would love to help people battling cancer as well, via advocacy and/or fundraising. Unfortunately, she passed away before being able to make those plans happen.
I do not want anyone to go through what my mom went through, or go through what my sisters and I go through every day because she is no longer with us.
Sharing her story and being part of the One Million Strong campaign helps me honor her memory, and hopefully bring awareness to screening and prevention.
Knowing your family history is so important! Be open and talk about medical issues in your family, it might save your life. Especially if there’s a history of cancer in yours, just like mine.
Get involved! Little things such as bringing awareness on social media can make a huge impact on someone’s life. Don’t be scared or embarrassed to post about colorectal cancer! You could help save a life.