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In 2013, Loriana Hernandez-Aldamagot – a TV news anchor and health reporter in Austin, Texas – decided she and her husband were ready to have a second child. Their son had been conceived through in vitro fertilization, so they went back to their fertility doctor with the plan to use embryos frozen during their first IVF treatment.
The doctor noticed an elevated white-blood cell count from a routine blood test and sent Loriana to an oncologist for a follow-up.
Stunned by her diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and in need of advanced treatment, Loriana boarded a plane to Baltimore not knowing if she would ever see her son again. "That was the hardest day of my life," she said, choking up at the memory of saying goodbye to her little boy.
In August 2014, after four rounds of chemotherapy, Loriana was permitted to go home.
"Researchers have made some great strides, but we have so much further to go. We’re all in this fight together and research for one cancer tends to help the other cancer," she said. "We need more research dollars for everyone."