‘Luv For Lulu’ — A Community Unites Around a Young Teen Battling Leukemia


Lulu Ysarua Martinez - fight against cancer

My niece attends Royalton High School and is a close friend to Alexis “Lulu” Martinez. She shared with me earlier in the week the news of her friend Lulu’s diagnosis with Acute Myelocytic Leukemia (AML). This brave, young lady has fought this battle once before (September 2005), and now she will do it again with the love and support of her family, friends, and community. Her story is making headlines and we hope to continue to spread the news of her inspirational fight and great strength.

AML is acute leukemia characterized by proliferation of granular leukocytes — so to be clear, this battle is going to be a tough one. However, most who know Lulu feel like cancer is the underdog in this fight.

If you aren’t convinced of Lulu’s resolve, her quote about her cancer is nothing short of inspiring.

“Sometimes I think to myself, ‘Why me?’ Then I stop and realize that this stuff happens because I am strong enough to handle it.”  

Lulu is a huge Miley Cyrus fan and purchased tickets to the rock star’s March tour stop in St. Paul months prior to her diagnosis. The ongoing support from her family and friends has turned to requesting Miley Cyrus to accommodate meeting this strong teen when she comes to Minnesota on her tour.

Lulu’s classmates have made an inspiring video and Facebook Page.

If you would like to share your support to Lulu, please visit Luv for Lulu on Facebook. The strength of community between loved ones and strangers is powerful – no one fights cancer alone.


Photo via: Facebook





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Deanna Olson

Deanna calls Central Minnesota home. She attended St. Cloud State University and obtained her BA in Applied Sociology. Her emphasis focused on politics and systematic policies. Her greatest concentration revolved around food consumption and practices in our current society and global market place. Now, Deanna is a busy and blessed mom of two. She has fueled her love for research and food into her family by making and providing conscientious and healthy options for her family and local community. At this time, Deanna is also a board member at her local food co-op where she contributes articles written for parents and works to network and empower local food growers and community members to provide sustainable and locally grown foods for their community. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening, horses, and anything that allows for fun outdoors (with the exception of high places...eek)!

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