Talia Joy Castellano, a 13-year-old and battling two aggressive forms of cancer, was named the "honorary face" of Cover Girl after her makeup tutorial videos went viral on YouTube.
On World Cancer Day, stories like Castellano’s remind us of the courageous faces behind a cancer diagnosis.
The annual event, observed on Feb. 4, spreads awareness about a disease that kills more people worldwide than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined, USA Today reports.
In the United States, 1,660,290 new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed this year, and more than half a million will die from the disease, according to the American Cancer Society.
Check out the slideshow below, which features Talia and others who have triumphed over cancer in inspiring ways.
Zach Lederer, an 18-year-old, who had battled childhood cancer wanted anyone who would listen to know he could do it again. On Jan. 25, surgeons at Johns Hopkins had removed a cancerous tumor from his brain, but some of it remained. He jokes he was a little “drugged up” when, in his hospital bed, he lifted his arms in a strongman pose, stared resolutely ahead and allowed himself to be photographed. Since being shared on Facebook, his signature pose has become an Internet sensation. Read the entire story here.
Miracles do happen and 21-year-old Madeleine Telfer is living proof. The Scottish woman beat cancer twice, but doctors told her the treatment left her infertile. Now, Telfer has defied all odds; she got pregnant, gave birth and is celebrating every day of her two-month-old son's little life, the Scottish Daily Record reports. Read the entire story here.
When 17-year-old Zach Sobiech was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and learned that he had only months left to live, the Minnesota teen wrote 'Clouds,' a a song to say goodbye to family and friends. Now with over 2 million views on YouTube, Zach sings, “We’ll go up, up, up, but I’ll fly a little higher. We’ll go up in the clouds, because the view is a littler nicer. Up here, my dear.” Read the entire story here.
Riley Rhoden, a 6-year-old cancer lost his arm to the disease. He has since persevered, finding inspiration in a YouTube video of a one-armed Japanese baseball player. In the video, the player catches with his mitt, then tosses the ball up, discards the mitt, grabs the ball again (this time with his bare hand), and throws it to the appropriate base. It's a tricky move, but Riley is learning to pull it off. Read the entire story here.
The Internet fell in love with 13-year-old Talia Castellano, who is battling two agressive forms of cancer, through her expert makeup tutorials on YouTube and her always-positive attitude. She has since been named an honorary Cover Girl by the cosmetic line. Read the entire story here.