When his mother Laura was diagnosed with breast cancer last September, Michael Vargas began thinking of ways he could help. At just 13 years old, Michael put his creative juices to work designing a mascot to encourage his mother while she underwent treatment.
He may not have cured cancer, but Michael’s creativity and drive have certainly been an inspiration to Laura as she has fought to beat the disease. Thus was born Stella, a mean, lean, cancer fighting machine. Fully decked out in armor and a radiation gun as an arm, Michael created a robot design to help his mother tackle cancer.
Before her own diagnosis, Laura was no stranger to cancer. Laura’s mother had breast cancer three years ago at 69 years old and Laura’s grandmother had breast cancer twice, first at 47, the same age Laura is now, and then again 15 years later. Laura’s grandmother’s sister also had breast cancer. Because of her family history with cancer, Laura’s doctor recommended she undergo genetic testing.