This weekend, Nickelodeon will celebrate kids and teens who've courageously fought cancer and those who are still battling the disease today. The Face of Courage: Kids Living with Cancer airs this Sunday, January 24 at 8PM.
The special will include the story of 14-year-old Alexandra, who lost her leg to bone cancer. "I was sitting on the bed outside the operating room...and I remember just taking a pen from one of the nurses aids and writing 'I love you' on (my) knee...that was the last thing I basically did for my leg," shares Alexandra, whose cancer is now in remission.
Another young girl who will be featured on the show is Tatyana, an 11-year-old who made a video about having cancer for her friends so they could understand what she was going through. "I wore a hat because I didn't want anybody to see my baldness. I was very worried that my friends were going to treat me different. Then, once I took the hat off, I realized that they were fine with it. They didn't really care and so...if they didn't care, why should I?"
And now teens who have fought, or are currently fighting, cancer are banding together to support each other. Like 14-year-old Bryn (in the photo), who is part of the network called Teens Living with Cancer.
"I think the experience of a veteran is a lot like the experience of a cancer survivor because you are coming back from a war," she says. "You're coming back from the fight for your life basically." We think they're awesome!