In September 2000, Mariangeles’ family learned she suffered from a type of blood cancer called acute myeloid leukemia. At St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Mariangeles underwent six months of chemotherapy, which she completed in 2001.
St. Jude has helped push the childhood cancer survival rate from 20% when we opened to 80% today. We won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.
Today, Mariangeles part of the St. Jude LIFE Study, the purpose of which is to learn about the health of adult survivors of childhood cancer and to reduce the late-effects of childhood cancer treatments.
She also works at ALSAC, the fundraising side of St. Jude. “I really wanted to be able to give back to the place that saved my life,” Mariangeles said.
Mariangeles enjoys playing tennis and hanging out with her husband and friends.
“St. Jude means everything to me and my family,” she said. “It means happy times, it means the best of times.”