Student cancer survivor gives to encourage others

Tiera Lasha H. remembers the loneliness she felt while in the hospital and now works to ensure no child feels abandoned while struggling with cancer.

Tiera, a Harmony seventh-grader at Harmony Science Academy - Grand Prairie, competes in charity pageants where she’s raised nearly $3,000 for the American Cancer Association and 10,000 cans for the North Texas Food Bank.

“Pageants are my favorite thing to do to raise money for cancer,” she said.

Tiera was diagnosed with liver cancer and sickle cell anemia in 2014 at the age of ten. She spent the next two years in hospitals undergoing treatment, often isolated from her friends.

“I like to give back to charities because they helped me feel good when I was sick in the hospital,” she said.

Tiera entered remission six months ago and since then has entered 10 charity pageants, along with visiting Cook Children’s Hospital regularly. And she doesn’t plan to slow down anytime soon. She’s scheduled for the the Queen of America preteen pageant in January, and plans to complete 300 hours of community service as part of the program.

“When I had cancer, people gave to me, and I now feel that I have to give back to them,” she said.

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