Teen cancer survivor working to give other cancer patients a gift this holiday season

Published: Oct. 16, 2020 at 7:14 PM EDT
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ALBANY, Ohio (WTAP) - Bryana Wallace has faced some harsh ups and downs over the last couple of years. In August of 2019, the Alexander High School student was diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and had to take four months off of school to get treatment. In the wake of her diagnosis, her high school community responded with fundraisers and community support. The school’s soccer team even devoted their season to her fight against the disease.

Wallace says she’s thankful for the support her friends and peers showed her, but she also says she’s grateful for the support of her oncological nurses. Some of those nurses shared their own experiences battling cancer with Wallace, which comforted her during treatment.

That treatment appears to have worked. By November, Wallace was cancer free.

Though she is cancer free now, she knows all too well how hard battling a disease like cancer can really be, so this year, she’s teaming up with a local woman to help other young patients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, by bringing them some holiday cheer.

The project, which is being built by Wallace and a woman named Jen Schwirian, isn’t dissimilar to other toy drives. What makes Wallace’s project unique, however, is the method of delivery. She is filling personalized lunchboxes with toys and activities.

“Nationwide, they mean a lot to me,” said Wallace. “They’ve helped me with so much. Being able to give back just a little bit of the support people gave me, I want to give back to the children and back to Nationwide Children’s Hospital who helped me.”

Wallace plans to continue collecting donations all the way up until Nationwide’s deadline for turning in toys.

We’re keeping up with Wallace and will continue to update her story as it develops. Look for more details in a future This Is Home segment.

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