Marcela Garcia Darfus
Happily married and having recently finished another marathon, Marcela and her husband decided to get pregnant in 2016. Shortly after, she found a lump and a month later during the mammogram she was told it was cancer. She put treatment on hold to freeze embryos with the intention of carrying a baby after treatment was over. Scans after successful embryo freezing revealed the cancer had spread to many bones and all over her spine. A marathon runner and vegetarian for 10 years, she was the healthiest in her circle of family and friends before becoming a stage IV breast cancer patient. Her cancer is hormone driven, making pregnancy deadly. Marcela and her husband have found purpose in traveling, scuba diving, hiking, volunteer work, flying, being aunt and uncle and life with their two pups. Determined to live out loud with metastatic breast cancer, Marcela trained and hiked Mount Kilimanjaro Jan 2020. She spent three weeks in Tanzania hiking, diving, going on safari and volunteering at a local school, in addition to raising money and supplies for the school.
In 2021, cancer spread to the liver and, although it slowed her down a little while undergoing chemo, Marcela is back to living out loud.