Marisa Solta

Marisa Solta

Age: 17 | Winnipeg, Manitoba

Marisa Solta

  • Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Child’s condition: Thorasic PNET

After meeting the challenge of being a regular child with severe chronic pain, our friend Marisa passed away on March 23, 2010.

Marisa so believed in the cause, and knew the importance of creating awareness, raising funds, and providing children in treatment the opportunities that normal children have

Marisa believed that it was her purpose to advocate for other children and to help them in the journey through illness. She recognised that she could not do this alone and was proud to be associated with the CTCACF.

Number of years on treatment: 8+

My toughest challenge with childhood cancer: Isolation, death of friends & knowing that I’ll never be cured.

Describe some great things that have come about through your journey of childhood cancer: The people that I’ve met. The closeness of my mom and siblings. The opportunity to give back through advocating.

Tell us about your Worst Day: Too many. Too personal.

Tell us what Coast to Coast Against Cancer means to me: It’s important to raise awareness about childhood cancer and to raise funds.

My Message to Canadians When I see people giving so generously and so unselfishly, it shows me that I am not in this battle alone.

Remembering Marisa

Our Featured Ambassador

This is Josh Nelson – a childhood cancer survivor. He knows about facing all the challenges of childhood cancer:

“I know first-hand how it feels to be a prisoner in the hospital and endure the surgeries and the endless needles and treatments. I know how it feels to lose my hair, throw up regularly and watch other kids around me earn their wings. I lost a part of my childhood that I will never get back. I know how it feels to look different and to be different. That’s something that I wouldn’t wish for any other kid to go through, and that is why I do what I do.”

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