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My Name Is... Kyra Roach

Cancer survivor is student at ThunderRidge High School


Finding hope

I'm a senior at ThunderRidge High School. I'm serving as student body president. I have two sisters and two dogs. I'm the middle child. My older sister goes to Vanderbilt University and wants to become a teacher. My younger one is in sixth grade. This fall, I'm going to be Cornell University for hotel administration. I want to be an event planner when I get older.

All of eighth grade, I was treated for bone cancer with chemotherapy and knee surgery to get rid of the tumor in my bone.

I got connected with Make-A-Wish and wanted to go to Italy for my wish. I love the history there and the great food. It was really awesome for me to be able to think about something else besides treatment. It's something that was really powerful for me. I found happiness and hope in a time when those things were hard to come by.

Festival of Wishes

The Festival of Wishes is put on by a group of 25 kids in the Youth Leadership Council of Make-A-Wish Colorado. It will be Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Make-A-Wish office, 3951 E Maplewood Ave. in Greenwood Village. This will be our second year. The theme is “Around the World.”

The festival is carnival-style. It costs $10 to get in. Last year, the event raised $11,000 and this year we are hoping to raise $15,000. On average, it costs about $7,500 to grant a wish, so this year we are hoping to grant two.

Last year was so fun. I'm excited to run the games and interact with all the kids — just to see them having fun and enjoying a nice day.

Looking back

Planning my trip to Italy during treatment really lifted my spirit. I was in Italy two years after my cancer diagnosis date. It was impactful to have that amazing experience. It showed me that great things could still happen. I could still be happy and hopeful. It helped me not get down by what the cancer was doing to me.

Fun fact

Since my knee replacement that I had during my cancer treatment, I've summited three fourteeners.

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