My name is Erica and I was diagnosed with potentially fatal Stage 4 Hodgkin Lymphoma on March 28, 2013. My journey to survive this battle with cancer was very trying but after overcoming all the obstacles, I’ve become very passionate about inspiring people to have the “d’zire” to survive any challenges that they may face in their lives. My fight to survive lymphoma had its highs and its lows, however I didn’t give up even when at times the battle seemed like it wasn’t getting any easier. Through my unwavering faith and trust in God as well as exuding a positive attitude, I knew I could get through it all. I am the Founder of “Dzire2Survive” a cancer support and advocacy group that helps improve the quality of life for patients and their families touched by the lymphoma disease, by providing education and up to date information. I want to inspire patients with peer to peer comfort to help them continue to fight and overcome their battle with blood cancers.

I am also an ambassador with “The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society” and “The Lymphoma Research Foundation” where my story is featured this month on their Adolescent and Young Adult stories of hope page ( with a host of other features such as the Houston Style Magazine, Cancer Today Magazine, CURE Magazine, L.A. Wave Newspaper, and with other special features including LRF Lymphoma Awareness Campaign videos (Erase Lymphoma, Impacting Lives-Youtube) sharing my amazing life changing survival story. I have helped raised over $5K in funds and cancer awareness Oct 2014–2018 with my team “Dzire2Survive” as they impacted so many lives at the Light the Night Walk with LLS and the Lymphoma 5k Walk with LRF in April 2014 and 2015.

Today, I am continuing my journey as Inspirational Speaker, Cancer Advocate, Founder of Dzire2Survive and my modeling career both runway and editorial fashion. I have walked in the Full Figured District of Curves Fashion shows, Naturalista Hair Show, Cancer Awareness Fashion events at Lord & Taylor, D.C. Fashion Week, with a host of other fashion events that helps me continue to motivate others to go after their dreams and aspirations.

In my spare time I loves to travel and most of all spend time with my family and close friends. I love the Lord and through Him enjoy helping others affected by cancer by sharing my empowering story. The motto that I live by and share with other survivors is to, “Never give up on your fight and continue to survive with your beautiful smile…Dzire2Survive”.

GRYT is only being 2 months away from my 28th Birthday and diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin Lymphoma (Blood Cancer).

GRYT is ripping runways and enjoying my modeling career because CANCER is a thing of my past, but I will NEVER forget.

GRYT is helping other newly diagnosed patients continue to have HOPE and the COURAGE to FIGHT back

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