Anna Cunningham is an American TikTok star, Instagram star, and social media influencer. She has been battling cancer for the last three years. A native of Colorado, she was first diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that mostly occurs in teenagers and young adults, in March 2016. She subsequently underwent treatment and when it was completed, she, her family, and her doctors thought her cancer was cured. However, it returned in mid-2016. Her family has set up a GoFundMe page so the well-wishers can donate for her treatment. Throughout her ordeal, Anna has maintained her social media presence. She has been especially active on TikTok, where she has accumulated over 280,000 fans. She also has an Instagram page with nearly six thousand subscribers and a YouTube channel with a few hundred subscribers.
Anna was born on June 9, 2002, in Carbondale, Colorado, to Julie Warren and Red Cunningham. She has a younger brother named Cooper.
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Battle with Ewing's Sarcoma
In March 2016, doctors diagnosed Anna with Ewing’s sarcoma for the first time. A rare form of cancer, Ewing’s sarcoma is a malignant small, round, blue cell tumour that grows in the bone and in soft tissue. It predominantly occurs in the pelvis, the femur, the humerus, the ribs, the mandible and clavicle (collarbone). She started to undergo treatment soon after. During this period, the family came to believe that “cancer” is a bad word with all its negative connotations. According to them, the word renders an individual overwhelmed with fear, panic, heartbreak, and uncertainty and imparts the realization that every plan that one has made and the life that he or she has known until then will be completely swept away in a moment. They added, “When this word is associated with a child, it adds an even greater depth of grief and sense of injustice.” Due to this belief, they are using a code word, “peaches”, for cancer, as it is generally associated with summer and sweetness. To the family, the fruits are symbols of life and messy abundance.
After they beat the disease for the first time, Anna and her family genuinely thought that they had managed to overcome her cancer. However, it returned about a month later, on April 21, 2016. Realising how costly her treatment would be, Anna’s aunt, Deb Warren Logar, on behalf of her mother, set up a GoFundMe page so the well-wishers can donate for the treatment. Anna subsequently started the second round of her fight, which included intense chemotherapy, radiation, and a bone marrow transplant at Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado.
Her cancer returned yet again in mid-2017. The doctors told the family that the lump that had appeared on Anna’s forehead was the return of her cancer. The treatment started once more. Three months after this, the fundraiser reached its initial goal of $15,000. The family decided to raise the goal to $20,000. The fundraiser has raised just over $22,000 till date. According to the family, some of the money would go to renting an apartment close to Children’s Hospital.
In March 2018, Anna’s mother reported that they had decided on the third regime of treatment which was still regarded as an active treatment. They were still hoping that they would beat it. It would involve consecutive chemotherapy and radiation. If it did not work, they had plans of trying out experimental treatments.