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Make-A-Wish grants Las Vegas cancer survivor wish of becoming published author

Make-A-Wish grants cancer survivors wish of becoming author
Posted at 11:14 PM, Oct 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-26 05:26:03-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A Las Vegas woman is not letting cancer stop her from achieving her goals. Maria Duran-Bravo is Las Vegas’ newest published author.

“It's been a dream and it’s insane that it’s all coming together right now,” said Maria Duran-Bravo, a Make-A-Wish recipient

At 16, Duran-Bravo was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. Through chemotherapy and surgery to remove a portion of her leg, she turned to reading and writing to work through her pain.

On Monday, her dream of becoming a published author came to life thanks to Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada.

“It’s always emotional. When she first came into our office she knew she wanted to write a children’s book, so to see this today, it’s everything,” said Scott Rosenzweig, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada.

After noticing a lack of representation for disabled children in the media, Duran-Bravo was inspired to write ‘My new neighbor, Macey.’ The book is about a young girl with a prosthetic leg who moves next door to the narrator, and they become best friends.

“For me, it’s all about if a child has a prosthetic leg, they may not be able to explain it or answer all these questions or they may feel alienated, so for them to be able to open up a book and see somebody that looks like them, it’s everything for me,” Duran-Bravo said.

Now, Duran-Bravo is using her own experience and talents as a writer to help others going through similar situations.

“No matter what life throws at you with your attitude towards it, it’s what you wanna do with it and it’s been a great learning experience,” Duran-Bravo said.