Artlet freshman succumbs to cancer at 19

Photo grabbed from the Facebook account of Maxine Blanco

A LEGAL MANAGEMENT freshman succumbed to bone cancer on Saturday afternoon, just a week before her twentieth birthday.

Maxine Angeli Blanco suffered osteosarcoma, the most common kind of bone cancer.

According to Live Life to The MAX, a Facebook page created to generate support for Blanco’s battle against cancer, she was diagnosed in September with stage four osteosarcoma with lung metastasis.

Blanco went through monthly rounds of chemotherapy and underwent amputation surgery in November.

“Maxine earned her angel wings and [is] slowly going up in heaven. For sure all the other angels are thrilled in welcoming her,” the page announced.

Gab Sta. Ana, a Thomasian commerce student and Blanco’s long-time boyfriend, said in a Facebook post: “Max fought hard and I’m thankful for everything. No more pain, no more suffering. She might [have] left us, but her spirit will always be here.”

The Artlets Student Council (ABSC) will collect monetary support for Blanco’s family as she was an executive assistant to ABSC Secretary Pauline Bartolo.

“The collection will only be coming from the [ABSC] members. For Artlets who wish to extend financial aid to Max’s family, we’ll be sharing the accounts where they can deposit and as well as the details of her wake and interment,” ABSC Treasurer Felize Billena told the Flame.

Blanco’s remains lie at Christ The King Parish Greenmeadows Chapel C in Quezon City. F

Those who wish to donate to Maxine’s family may do so through their GoFundMe page.

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