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Determined to:  make a difference in the lives of others.  Dream is to become a Child Life Specialist at Albany Med.

Favorite food: her momma's homemade macaroni and cheese

Enjoys: spending time with her family, especially four-wheeling.  Loves to be outside enjoying nature

Favorite music: anything country!



Revealed on 7/13

Alyssa Parrino

Baller since 2019

Bruises is where Alyssa’s story began. Bruises and unexplained fatigue led to a trip to the doctor, lab work, and the words no one ever expects to hear… cancer. Within a 3 day period in November 2017, Alyssa’s life of working multiple jobs and living on her own was turned upside down. What was supposed to be an initial admission of 2-3 days for testing turned into a 6 month admission after being officially diagnosed with AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia).

After the induction round of chemotherapy proved unsuccessful, it was determined that she would need a bone marrow transplant to survive. She would need to remain in the hospital for four rounds of chemotherapy to prepare for the transplant. After completing two rounds of chemo and achieving remission on February 8th of 2018, Alyssa’s world was again turned upside down when she contracted an infection through her Hickman and went septic. With only 10% heart function and many of her organs failing, Alyssa spent 13 days in the ICU on a ventilator and in a coma. With intensive medical intervention, Alyssa was able to make a remarkable recovery. She received her bone marrow transplant in Rochester on May 23, 2018. Today she is considered cancer free and is committed to living her life to the fullest!