At age six, Stacia underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor at St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI). After treatment and four surgeries, Stacia is now a cancer survivor. Since 2011, she’s been cancer free, and is now an active sixth-grader who stays strong and fit by swimming and participating in cheerleading. She plays the piano to keep her fine motor skills in tune (and for the love of it!), and is active with her friends in Girl Scouts.
Stacia also loves to tell her story and is dedicated to helping other kids with cancer through the YMCA LiveStrong program and a book she co-wrote about her cancer experience, “The Girl Who Had a Big Adventure – Cancer, Chemo & Cupcakes.”
Every day, kids just like Stacia and their families bring their own unique strength and resiliency to their fight against cancer. At St. Luke’s MSTI, the team is inspired to do all they can to help kids survive, thrive, and grow. The cure rates for childhood cancers continue to climb every year, and the team at St. Luke’s MSTI is thrilled to be part of building such hope and promise. Because behind every cancer statistic is an amazing child, like Stacia, who has a lot to live for.