A Virginia teenager takes her own frightening health crisis and turns it into a personal mission to help other teens just like her.
Nikki Ferraro, 19, is the founder of “Bite Me Cancer.”
“It's like a hard thing to hear when you're 17 years old. I was a junior in high school,” Ferraro said.
Ferraro of Chantilly will never forget the moment doctors dealt her a terrifying blow.
“That's when they told me that I had ...thyroid cancer,” Ferraro said.
But just two weeks after doctors diagnosed her with thyroid cancer, Nikki began building her own Relay For Life Team, raising money to fight cancer.
“We were telling her, no let's just deal with your condition and she said, no I want to do this,” said Ferraro’s mother, Sharon.
When the relay ended, Nikki wanted to keep going. She founded her own organization called "Bite Me Cancer" specifically aimed at supporting teenagers with cancer.
“Just so they know there are people out there who are going through it just like you are, you're not alone,” Ferraro said.
Nikki visits local hospitals and teenagers who were diagnosed with cancer. She brings with her, words of comfort and bags of goodies.
As for Nikki’s own battle with cancer: “I still have microscopic cancer cells in me, so I'm still going through the battle but I'm doing great.”
Nikki's parents say her commitment to "Bite Me Cancer" motivates her and them to stay strong and positive.
Nikki even started a support group on Facebook for teenagers with cancer. It's called "Bite Me Cancer Cares.”