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Steve Vue and Mitchell Xayapraseuth   Mitchell Xayapraseuth and Steve Vue
2013 Sunshine Kids National SpokesKids
  Hello, my name is Mitchel Xayapraseuth. Last year, during my junior year in high school, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Stage 4. It was very scary.

It all started when I was not feeling well during my sophomore year. I was a break dancer, swimmer and diver. I noticed that my bones started to hurt while i was doing wind mills and my skin started to really irritate me. I did not think too much about it, I just thought I was sick. My junior year my best friend Steve was diagnosed with cancer. I thought to myself how could this happen? As I went to go visit him, I looked in to the mirror and it seemed as if I was to have cancer too. I told him to stick in there and it was all going to be over soon. One week later I started my second semester back at service high school. Usually I would be running or playing soccer, but I found myself sitting on the sidelines just staring at the others while they played. After noticing my changed behavior my nurse sent me to go get a CAT scan. When the doctors came out with the results they said that I had cancer and the X-rays showed a large mass in my chest. On my way to the hospital I called Steve telling him I was heading there. He replied, "Why, I'm not there?" I told him I have cancer... He did not believe me at first but later on when he came to visit me he saw that it was true. Days go by and Steve and I are sharing this experience together. Now our scans are cancer free and Steve and I are both relieved to be healthy. To everybody out there we tell them to NEVER STOP and keep on fighting because soon you will finish the race!
Basant Tiwary   Basant Tiwary
2013 Sunshine Kids National SpokesKid
  I was a senior in high school, waiting to join the Marines basic training program, and majoring in mechanical engineering. A week before Thanksgiving, I started to feel hungry all the time, I felt tired all day, and I kept feeling pain in my back and stomach. On Nov. 10, 2011 I went to the hospital and stayed for four days doing CT scans and MRIs. On Nov. 12, 2011, I was diagnosed with cancer. My name is Basant Tiwary and I am diagnosed with Desmoplastic Small Round Blue Cell Tumor, a rare type of cancer. I immediately went into chemotherapy, and after a year of sitting on a bed and going through 3 different chemo regimens, I’m now on a semi-remission process. I never knew of a cool organization as the Sunshine Kids. I was blown away when they said that I’m going on an all-expense paid trip to LA, meeting celebrities, and getting to meet kids who are going through the same things I am. They really do make every kids dream come true!

The advice I give to every person going through cancer is to never, ever give up. Yeah, you may miss out on normal life, but getting to tell people all the challenges you overcame, they will be amazed of how strong you are! I call every person who’s battling cancer a soldier; we take so much hits and we still come out on top. Think of yourself as a blessing to be able to experience a new side of your life. I’m proud to be part of the Sunshine Kids SpokesKid!! They will always have my support!
  Paden Blevins
2013 Sunshine Kids National SpokesKid
  Paden Blevins is 17 years old and lives in Crescent, Oklahoma.  During a basketball game her Freshman year, she looked up to get a rebound and got a major cramp in her neck.  The next day she was rubbing her neck due to the injury, and found a lump. The doctors diagnosed Paden with Hodgkins Lymphoma on December 10, 2010.  The pain in her neck had nothing to do with the cancer, but she attributes it to being God’s way of bringing attention to the mass.  After going through an 8 week chemotherapy regimen, Paden’s cancer was in remission in February 2011; However, in August, one week from starting her sophomore year of high school, she had a recurrence of the disease.  Treating her cancer the second time required a more aggressive approach.  She would be admitted to the hospital for a week at a time receiving chemo and then, after only a few days of being home, have to return to the hospital due to complications and infections.  After 5 months of extreme chemotherapy and radiation, Paden received a clear scan on December 21, 2011.  Her scans have continued to be clear and she enjoying being able to get back to her regular activities of playing softball, cheering and hanging out with her friends and family. 

In May of 2011, Paden was invited to attend a Sunshine Kids event in Washington DC.  During the week in DC she not only got to go on educational and exciting site seeing tours, but got to go many places the average tourist does not get an opportunity to visit.  It was an amazing week spent with other teens who had gone through similar experiences.  It helped her to heal emotionally and to create life-long friendship with others across the United States.
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