SoCal mother, daughter support each other as both battle life-threatening cancers
A Canoga Park woman who has been caring for her sick daughter for years recently discovered she too was facing a life-threatening disease.
Cecilia Saravia's battle started when she was only 13 years old and was diagnosed with leukemia.
"What really keeps me going the most, you know, is my mom," Cecilia Saravia said.
After being in remission for five years, the leukemia came back while Saravia was in college.
Earlier this year, the 20-year-old underwent a bone marrow transplant at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Saravia remained hospitalized after suffering complications.
Through it all, Saravia's mother Estella Laskano was always by her side.
"The more they see you being strong the harder they fight," Laskano said.
While caring for her daughter, Laskano let her own health take a back seat.
"When you're a parent, the important thing for you is your children," she said.
In February, Laskano received a life-threatening diagnosis of her own — stage four breast cancer.
"When I got sick, I saw my mom as an invincible person," Saravia said, her voice breaking. "I guess I'm just used to her always being the one taking care of me and being the strong one."
Now, mother and daughter are being strong for each other and hope their story will inspire others to keep fighting.
If you like to help the family with their medical expenses, a Go Fund Me account has been set up for them.