Cora Johnson, Dermafibrosarcoma Puterberan

12 Years Old at Diagnosis

Cora JohnsonIn seventh grade, Cora found a lump in her breast. She and her mother Martha went to the doctor to see what was causing the lump. Cora’s doctors performed an ultrasound, but the results were inconclusive. After another ultrasound her team of doctors determined that she had a tumor. They weren’t sure what type of cancer Cora had, but they knew that they had to remove it.

Cora had surgery at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, where doctors discovered that she had a rare form a skin cancer called Dermafibrosarcoma Puterberan. Another surgery was needed to ensure that clear margins were obtained. Since then Cora continues to be monitored by her oncologist and surgeon.

Cora JohnsonWhile they were at the hospital, Cora saw a poster for the CureSearch Walk and told her mom that she wanted to get involved. They formed a team – Cora’s Pink Posse – and started fundraising right away. Cora has taken the lead on organizing events and motivating her teammates to continue fundraising. Helping other children with cancer has become her passion. “We love seeing people come together to support survivors and those who have lost their battles,” says Martha. “Seeing people come together is really moving. The CureSearch Walk has become a great community.”

Now Cora is a 15-year-old high school freshman who enjoys school, outdoor activities, music and hanging out with her friends. She feels lucky that she is able to help other children who have cancer. This year will be the third time Cora’s Pink Posse will participate in the Twin Cities CureSearch Walk and she couldn’t be more excited.

Join Cora at the Twin Cities CureSearch Walk, or at one the 60 Walks across the country. Visit www.curesearchwalk.org to learn more!

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