Pay­ing It For­ward!

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A young singer who beat cancer helps oth­ers face the same chal­lenges.

At age 12, Fa­lyn Vega of Jack­son, N.J., was di­ag­nosed with Hodgkin’s lym­phoma. She’s been in re­mis­sion for 5½ years, and at 18, she says she’s “so proud to be help­ing chil­dren with cancer through the arts” by singing in the new music video “I Am a Free Bird,” pro­mot­ing the non­profit A Free Bird. The or­ga­ni­za­tion helps pe­di­atric cancer pa­tients at­tend shows, get arts tu­tor­ing and con­nect with grants and pro­fes­sion­als in their field of in­ter­est.

With cancer sur­vivor Pi­etra Braga Boll, 11

Fa­lyn at 12

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