It has come full circle for Mariela Medina. As a teenager battling cancer, she came to Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services for support. Now, cancerfree and a Jacob’s Heart staff member, Mariela is a lifeline for teens going through challenges she vividly remembers. “When I started working for Jacob’s Heart, I did not think I could offer much support, but in the five years I have been here, I have realized that all the pain I endured was not in vain,” she says. “I see myself through many of my teens, I feel them so deeply because I understand how they feel. ”Mariela works as the Family Support Specialist focused on teens, providing assistance and mentorship to teens with cancer and organizing activities including field trips.
Special Section in the Santa Cruz Sentinel
By Tara Fatemi Walker
October 19, 2019