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Bite Me Cancer was born out of an identified gap in support for teenagers with all cancers by Nikki Ferraro when she found herself in treatment for a rare form of thyroid cancer at just 17 years old. She also realized that thyroid cancer was not the "good cancer" and that more treatments (and maybe a cure) were needed.
Nikki believes that it is important to support teenagers with all cancers because she didn’t find much support when she was diagnosed and in treatment. The pediatric and adult programs didn’t address her needs, and she knew that other teenagers would have the same experience. Nikki also wanted her foundation to raise awareness and research funds for thyroid cancer as it has been one of the fastest growing cancer in the United States.
Nikki was diagnosed with medullary thyroid cancer in April 2010 when she was a junior at Chantilly High School in Virginia. From the very beginning, Nikki was determined to leverage her diagnosis for good.