JHCCSS: They Help Teens and Tweens Too!

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.

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Health Matters
Special Section in the Santa Cruz Sentinel
By Tara Fatemi Walker
October 19, 2019