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Teenage Battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma Inspires Life as an Athlete

Seizing the opportunity to give back

One day during her last year of high school, Bildirici saw that a local cancer center was sponsoring runners to participate in the Disney half-marathon in Orlando, Florida. It was the same cancer center that had been helpful to her when she was sick. And although she had never run a mile in her life, Bildirici seized the opportunity to get involved and to give back by raising funds for the center. “I could barely feel my legs, but it was the most alive I’d felt since my diagnosis” she said.