11-Year-Old Dallas Cancer Warrior Edges Out Mark Cuban for ‘Person of the Year’ Honors – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban may have lost this year’s People Newspapers “Person of the Year” contest, but he’s already started saving up points for next year with a recent charitable donation to the winner’s cancer fund. .

Cuban and Dallas County judge Clay Jenkins were among the nominees for the honor, but readers said they were no match for Isabelle “Izzy” Martin, an 11-year-old girl/cancer warrior from Dallas battling osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. during the last 22 months.

Behind the smile of a beautiful, bright ballerina hides a warrior, mightier than most.

“It’s been tough, but I have a great support group. My family is amazing and they’ve always been there for me, so I’m very grateful to them,” said Martin.

Izzy said her story was unique and her battle with cancer is definitely part of her story.

“Maybe the fact that I’m so young and dealing with things some people don’t even have to deal with?” she said.

But it wasn’t just her battle with cancer that helped her beat the competition. Since her diagnosis in February 2020, Izzy has also spent time giving back to the community and volunteered to help the homeless at Austin Street Center.

She has also been an inspiration to other kids battling childhood cancer, saying, “It gets better. It gets easier the more you learn about what you’re going through, the more you connect with others, which makes it easier. ”

Back to Cuban, who takes no joy in losing but continues to inspire us all with his words and actions, even when defeated.

“Person of the Year. Well deserved! You are just amazing. What strength and grace and strength. Congratulations,” said Cuban.

He wasn’t just words either. Cuban said he is donating $25,000 to Izzy’s foundation, Team Izzy’s Osteosarcoma Science Fund.

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