Antonio Volpentesta

Antonio Volpentesta

September 30, 2001

  • Hometown: Innisfil, Ontario
  • Year of Diagnosis: 2013
  • Diagnosis: Leukemia T-Cell ALL

If you could be in any TV show, what would it be and who would you play: There are many shows that I like, but the one that I like the most is The Next Step on family channel cause it’s all about dancing in a dance studio and going to competitions and I love that. I don’t have a specific character that I like the most because I like them all.

What are some of your major goals in life: Well the one major goal for me right now is to beat this ugly disease that I have and hope that it never comes back. Also I would like to become a great dancer and hopefully dance for some celebrity on stage.

Why are you involved in Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation: I want to help spread the word that kids get cancer to and it is not recognized as much as adult cancer. And the more awareness we get out there the more we can teach people about children’s cancer and hopefully one day it will be no more. Also I know that Coast to Coast helps the camps for kids with cancer and they are great camps.

What do you tell people about your diagnosis/treatment: Well when someone asks me what type of cancer I have I say the it is Leukemia and it is very treatable and for my treatment that I am still going through, it is hard and yes I do get sick sometimes but I try to stay positive and strong and I have my mom and dad and brothers that are positive and strong with me.

List 3 good things that resulted from your diagnosis/treatment:

  1. I have met some wonderful people like Blake McGrath who is a big choreographer
  2. I have my wish granted.
  3. I have the strength to go back to my dance studio.


What are some of your early memories about having cancer: Some of my early memories about having cancer are: was I ever going to dance again, would I be the same person again, would I laugh and smile again.


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