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By now you may have seen our Live Fearless commercials, but we’ve known from the beginning that Live Fearless isn’t something for us to solely define. North Carolinians have their own Live Fearless stories – how they live with the freedom to dream and believe. They live for the challenge. They live for the accomplishment.

We’ve been hearing some very inspiring Live Fearless stories, and we wanted to share one with you today. The story below was submitted by Lucy Pasquier Plyler, and we hope it inspires you as much as it inspired us. Periodically, we will be sharing some more here, too. So keep any eye out.

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My daughter Hartley ran her first 5K in support of Camp Victory Junction, a camp for children with chronic illness. She raised $1595 this year and wants to do it again next year.

Here’s the kicker….she has been a camper at Victory Junction for the last four years due to her own chronic illness. She has been in and out of the hospital most of her young life for various medical issues. Recently, she was diagnosed with Basal Cell Carcinoma Nevus Syndrome. She does not have the gene that protects her delicate skin from the sun so she develops basal cell skin cancers.

This syndrome also makes her susceptible to tumors in her jaw. She has had 5 removed since 2007. But, she is a trooper and manages to keep a positive attitude. This was her way to say “Thank You” to Victory Junction Camp and to help make it possible for other children with chronic illness to attend camp and feel like a “typical” kid. Oh yeah, and this is a child who doctors told us would never walk! Hartley is my ‪#‎STRENGTHSQUAD‬

About James LaCorte

James LaCorte is a Social Media Manager and has been employed by Blue Cross North Carolina since 2003. He has built his career working in a variety of areas across the company. When not working you can find him kayaking a local river, photographing a nature scene, or running around with his family.