SAN ANGELO - Childhood cancer makes up less than one percent of all cancers diagnosed each year.
It is also the number two killer of children in our country.
For almost any parent, cancer is the last thing you'd expect your child would have to endure.
For one San Angelo native that nightmare became a reality when her son was diagnosed at the age of four.
"Charlie was diagnosed… in May of 2012 and it sort of turned our world upside down," said Angela Dina.
Angela Dina didn't know much about childhood cancer until after her son Charlie’s diagnosis.
“One of the things we found out along that journey was how terribly underfunded childhood cancer research in general is,” said Dina.
That lack of funding spurred this mother to create the foundation Turn It God for families just like hers.
“I began to see that perhaps we had a place as a family and as an organization that would not only provide hope for others families but would also would raise the funding for research.”
Nearly 80 percent of children survive five years or more after being diagnosed, but even then the side effects of treatment can last longer.
“They’re very compromised, they get very sick, during that time is when Charlie went into heart failure and that's the closest we came to thinking we were not going to bring him home with us," said Dina about her child’s experience.
While awareness grows, this mother hopes sharing her story in the documentary Realistically Ever After will inspire those suffering from cancer to be brave and those unfamiliar with the struggles to become more informed.
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