Fitness for Life

Her story: Giulia, now 14 years old, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in 2005 when she was just 20 months old.

Two weeks after starting chemotherapy, the doctors found a tumor attached to Giulia’s brain stem. It could not be removed so the doctors installed an internal shunt to permanently relieve the pressure in her brain. After several weeks in intensive care, Giulia returned to the high-risk cancer ward to continue her battle.  Five months later, doctors transferred Giulia to Boston Children’s Hospital where she received a bone marrow transplant from her 6-year-old sister. Today she is in the eighth grade and is looking to the Adventure Project grant to “give me the training I need to learn how to better take care of myself.”

In her words: “In school, I enjoy math and science while I am not fond of social studies. I am hoping that the skills I learn in school will help me prepare for business school in the future, and later help me own my own bakery. In my free time, and in the summer especially, I love going to the beach and hanging out with friends. While I am active in the summer months, I do not play any sports. I am hoping (the Adventure Project grant) will help me attain the physical exercise I need for an overall healthy lifestyle.”

Her short-term athletic goal: “To improve conditioning, increase endurance, and manage pain associated with physical activity.”

Her long-term athletic goal: “To become more active …to improve my overall health.”

Personal Motto: “I do not have one yet.”