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Francesca Gets a Taste of Italy

  • Francesca takes a boat ride in Italy.

  • Francesca enjoys the fresh air.

  • Francesca celebrates her birthday with family while in Italy.

“ We haven't seen Francesca this happy in a very long time. How can we possibly ever repay you for that? ”

- Paula, Francesca's momther

In 2015, Francesca’s parents took her to an urgent care facility for what they thought was strep throat, not realizing that her life was about to change forever.

She was immediately referred to an endocrinologist who informed her that she would need surgery to remove a mass they had found on her thyroid gland. After seven long hours of surgery and two biopsies, doctors confirmed that the lump was cancerous. Even though her battle with thyroid cancer has changed her life in many ways, one thing remained the same: the love she shared with her family. When the time came for her to declare her fondest wish, she wanted to wish for a trip that would include those who stuck by her during the most difficult time of her life.

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June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM

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