CSN Login
Members Online: 13

Miss Arizona USA contestant battles rare ovarian cancer

Alexandra's picture
Posts: 1315
Joined: Jul 2012

Anderson said getting ready for the upcoming Miss Arizona USA pageant has been a good distraction as she undergoes chemotherapy.

Dozens of young ladies are busy preparing for the Miss Arizona USA pageant next month. But while most of the contestants are only fighting for the crown, one Scottsdale woman is also fighting for her life.

In July, 25-year-old Kristina Anderson was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of ovarian cancer and began chemotherapy treatments just three days later.

As she continues to battle the disease, Anderson said preparing for the pageant has been an escape for her.

“Miss Arizona USA pageant is a little different than the county fair pageants I’m used to,” Anderson said.

With her family living in Illinois, Anderson has found her support system in an unexpected place – the doctor’s office.  One of Anderson’s nurses, Sandy LeDuke, has been helping her focus on pageant details.

“I’m just kind of along for the ride,” LeDuke said.  “I went with her to pick out some dresses and things.”

If both cancer and the upcoming pageant weren’t enough to think about, Anderson is also struggling to pay for her treatments.  Her insurance has denied her the specific coverage she has needed for the last six months.  Fortunately, fundraisers have been set up in Scottsdale to help Anderson pay some of her medical bills.

Though Anderson still has a long way to go, she hopes her journey to Miss Arizona will help inspire others to keep fighting too.

“Just be positive and be grateful for what you have,” Anderson said.

poopergirl14052's picture
Posts: 1185
Joined: Nov 2010

and so young. She is very brave...I'll be rooting for her. Very inspirational...val


lovesanimals's picture
Posts: 1352
Joined: Sep 2011

What a brave young woman!  I'm praying that she beats this and kicks cancer's butt!


Subscribe with RSS
About Cancer Society

The content on this site is for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Do not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition. Use of this online service is subject to the disclaimer and the terms and conditions.

Copyright 2000-2016 © Cancer Survivors Network