Our latest Queens Person of the Week beat cancer twice and is making it her mission to help others do the same.
NY1's Shannan Ferry introduces us
While most kids spend their childhood learning at school or playing at the park, Carly Nieves spent hers fighting for her life. The Middle Village resident was diagnosed with Leukemia when she was just seven years old.
"You know your life is just really like ripped out from under you," said Nieves.
After successfully undergoing treatment and thinking her nightmare was over, Nieves relapsed when she turned 12. In order to survive, doctors told her she'd need different types of blood transfusions, so she could make it through chemotherapy.
"At that point my mom mentioned to me, you know we're going to do something to give back, when this is all over," said Nieves.
Fast forward to 2016 - it is over and Nieves has been cancer free for five years. Now, she her mother Lisa are keeping their promise to help others struggling through similar situations. They just launched "The Carly Rose Foundation" - a non-profit that will provide financial and emotional support to families dealing with a life-threatening illness.
"I mean who better knows, what these families need, than a family that went through it not once but twice," said Lisa Cangialosi-Horner who is Carly's mom.
The foundation hosted its first event last weekend. Nieves and her mom teamed up with the New York Blood Center for a blood and bone marrow drive -- all in an effort to help others who may also be battling life-threatening illnesses.
"One pint of blood saves 3 lives and it's just so important because there are shortages for donations and I know that happened to me once and it's kind of a scary thing," said Nieves.
As for Nieves...Helping others is her passion. Along with her new foundation, she's also studying to become a sign language interpreter - a career choice she says was inspired by some of fellow patients she met at the hospital.
"It makes me feel good inside to put a smile on other people’s faces," said Nieves.
And so for making it her life's mission to save the lives of others, Carly Nieves is our Queens Person of the Week.