For twelve cancer survivors, Tuesday was a day to reflect and focus on how precious life is with some new friends at the Miami Seaquarium. They played with the dolphins, swam in the dolphin pool and got a glimpse of life underwater. Allison Eng-Perez, a two-year breast cancer survivor, said it was a dream come true.
For 12 cancer survivors, Tuesday was a day to reflect and focus on how precious life is with some new friends at the Miami Seaquarium.
They played with the dolphins, swam in the dolphin pool and got a glimpse of life underwater.
“The most amazing experience of my life. I've been waiting to swim with the dolphins my entire life. I can't believe it took cancer to make this a dream come true," said Allison Eng-Perez, a two-year breast cancer survivor.
Perez was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer and was told that it was going to be a very aggressive treatment plan with a positive prognosis if she kept a positive attitude.
Nineteen-year-old Lana Chehaveddine, who had leukemia at age eight, said it was nice to see everyone together.
“It's very inspiring. It's good to see people get together and come back and fight it off strong. It's a really good feeling," she said. "Everyone supports each other no matter what kind of cancer you've been through. Everyone knows how it feels and it's good. It's a really good support system.”
Perez said that other cancer survivors gave her encouragement.
"To look up at other survivors and know that they have lived 20 to 30 years, that they have been through the same thing and share the same experience," she said. “Looking up at the sun and knowing that God is above us. My mom is an angel up in heaven looking down on me and making sure that i'm going to be a mom for many, many, many years to come."