• Stepping forward

    Carla is a two-time cancer survivor who is leading a team of more than 100 people today in Miami to fight back and find a cure.

    Carla H. in Miami

    You would've thought a kidney transplant would be enough for one person to handle.

    I don't drink, I don't smoke, I eat healthy, I exercise -- so it was an absolute shock when I was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years after having to go through a kidney transplant. And when the cancer came back two years later I could hardly believe it.

    I'm lucky to live in America where today we have the medical resources to take on more and more horrible diseases like this. I was lucky too because I had access to the medical treatments that made me healthy again.

    Unfortunately, for too long many people weren't as fortunate and couldn't get the care they needed because our health care system was badly broken. We still have lots of work to do, but passing the Affordable Care Act last year was a huge step forward.

    The most patriotic thing a country can do is take care of its people and that's what last year's reform does. Being a woman is no longer considered a pre-existing condition, and the next generation won't ever live in fear of losing their insurance because they got sick or lost their job.

    I wish nobody had to deal with a loved one being sick, especially with cancer. That's why I first started walking to find a cure about ten years ago with my mom, who is also a survivor.

    When I was diagnosed my husband and I wanted to make sure our friends and co-workers understood that cancer truly can strike anyone. So with our family and friends we decided to start a team of our own.

    If you're in Miami today you might notice our team walking because there's more than 100 of us this year.

    You'll know it's us because we're the ones proudly paying homage to my Trinidad and Tobago heritage -- just look for our Carnival headpieces.

    South Florida FL