Juanita Prada of Roanoke County survived two bouts with leukemia as a child and teenager. The aftereffects of her cancer treatments slowed her education but through perseverance she earned an associate degree and bachelor's degree and is now pursuing a career as a certified child life specialist who would work with children facing the same challenges she did.

Heather Rousseau is a staff photographer with The Roanoke Times. She moved to Roanoke in 2015 and has worked around the country as a visual journalist for over 15 years. She loves to share stories through photography and video.

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