Molly Gorczyca from New Jersey, joined in the latest social media trend recently with a Tweet about “How it started” and “How it’s going”…
But Molly’s went viral for all the right reasons. She shared how she and her boyfriend got together – an epic love story that parallels the “Fault in Our Stars” book and film, but we’re hoping this love story has a far happier ending for the pair.
In April 2019, Molly was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia
She was just 19-years-old at the time, and said the diagnosis “turned her life upside down.”
One year later, in April 2020, she posted an update to Instagram to say that she had received a bone marrow transplant, and is standing stronger than ever.“
It has been the most terrifying, life changing year, and one I will never forget. I’m not sure if I will even be able to wrap myself around it in the first place,” she posted.
“But I’m here, standing stronger than ever, with new cancer-free DNA (courtesy of @tylergorczyca). I cannot say enough how humbled and grateful I am to be blessed with such incredible people in my life to help me through this year.
From family, to friends, to strangers, to people I have been lucky enough to meet through this, there are no words to express what you have done for me, and I would not be here without you all.”
While receiving treatment in hospital, Molly found out that there was a guy being treated for the same cancer as she was, right next door to her ward. She sent her friend a text to say “Imma date him!”
The rest is history!
Molly and Ryan Smith (21) have been dating ever since. Ryan tweeted that he received his bone marrow transplant on April 21 this year.
His basketball team shared some encouraging words for him before the big op.
— Bloom Basketball (@buwbb_huskies) April 21, 2020
Hockey teammates supported Molly
Throughout the past year, as Molly underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, she received massive support from friends and family. They called it her “Molly’s Detour” year.
She is part of the Rowan University field hockey team which rallied the community for support.To show their support, the players wore orange t-shirts during their warm-ups throughout the season.
“Orange is the colour that represents Leukemia Awareness,” said a post on their website. “Fans are asked to wear orange to the game.”