Carly Rose Nieves, a native of Middle Village, New York, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2003, at the age of 7. During her treatment she went through many chemotherapy sessions as well as blood and platelet transfusions, and eventually beat cancer.
At the age of 12, Carly relapsed and had to fight cancer for a second time. After her relapse, she needed intensive chemotherapy and many more blood and platelet transfusions. With the help of her family and friends, she never gave up hope and beat cancer again.
Carly went on to graduate from Christ the King High School with honors. She is currently attending LaGuardia Community College, where she maintains a 4.0 grade point average and consistently makes the Dean's List.
“My fight against cancer, and beating it twice, is so important to me because it has truly shaped who I am today. It opened my eyes to everything we take for granted in our lives and has helped me look at things from a different perspective than most teens/young adults would normally view things,” Carly said. “I don’t believe in giving up easily, which is why I fought so hard; the support of family and friends also gave me even more incentive and encouragement to fight the battle I call cancer. Refusing to let cancer take over my life was my ambition; looking forward to the freedom after treatment was my goal.”
It was not only her family and friends that helped Carly overcome cancer; it was the generosity of complete strangers who help patients, like Carly, by donating the blood needed during blood and platelet transfusions.
To show her appreciation to everyone that helped her throughout her fights against cancer, Carly and her family have created The Carly Rose Foundation to help the families of children with pediatric illnesses to overcome their overwhelming financial, medical, and other burdens so the families can focus on what matters most.