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On May 15, 2016, Diego Villegas will be the keynote speaker for our 4th annual “Dear Cancer…It’s Me” high school essay awards ceremony.

Diego Villegas is an only child of two immigrant parents from Peru, who at the age of 13 lost his father to pancreatic cancer and almost lost his mother to breast cancer. Due to the adversities in his life, he had to mature faster, become stronger, and learned to value and treasure life because it could be taken away at any second.

He is now 19-years-old and attends Santa Monica College to later transfer to a 4-year institution and hopes to one day attend medical school to become an oncologist. He is also a past winner of the “Dear Cancer…It’s Me” essay contest which has changed his perspective in life for the better. He was able to express his emotions through writing and has found a lot of help and tremendous support from Cancer Support Community Valley/ Ventura/ Santa Barbara.

To learn more about the high school essay contest or to become a sponsor, please call Kaley Moore at 805-379-4777 x236.

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