My name is Joseline Molina. I live in Los Angeles, California. I am 22 years old, like many of us, I have overcome a personal hardship. Many times, our hardships leave scars that separate us from one another. At the age of 4, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Wilms Tumor. As a result, my right kidney was removed and left a scar across my stomach. One of the quotes I live by is, “Never be ashamed of a scar. It simply means you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you.”
The American Cancer Society not only has allowed me to be an activist for those going through similar experiences, but also provided me the opportunity to meet others who have been able to embrace their scars. Through Relay For Life, I have been able to meet individuals who have physical scars, thus empowering me to “show” my scar.
I have been a speaker for Relay For Life in California and several other states. I want to not only empower others to embrace their scars, but to speak and help those impacted by cancer. I feel it is our job to be the voice for those fighting the fight.
My mom was my caregiver and continues to be my rock. She has always motivated me to use my voice and help others who have gone through cancer. I have two younger sisters. My little sister Emily, who is 11, encourages and reminds me to use my voice to inspire others.
I enjoy going to concerts and the gym in my free time. I enjoy traveling around the world and travel as often as I can. The more I travel, I realize that cancer doesn’t sleep and has no borders. I advocate for a world without cancer.