The Mission Honoree
Loriana Hernandez-Aldama is a cancer survivor and an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of on-air television experience, anchoring prime-time and morning news as well as reporting on a national and local level.
Loriana’s unique broadcasting talent has taken her across the country from CNN/CNN Headline News to California, followed by her most recent stops in Dallas and Austin, Texas. Hard news has always been Loriana’s primary post, however, her most passionate assignments have centered on the transformational power of health, fitness and nutrition. Loriana has served as National Health Reporter for FOX News stations, and she was most recently recognized by Austin MD Magazine as a “Top 20 woman who has shaped the city’s health and wellness.”
In January 2014, Loriana was diagnosed with leukemia days before a move to Washington, DC. The cancer was detected by her fertility doctor who insisted on a precautionary blood test before a traditional embryo transfer. She quickly learned that she was dealing with AML, an aggressive and fast-moving variant. Within days of her diagnosis, Loriana kissed her then two-year-old son Gabriel goodbye and then sent him to live with extended family in Atlanta.
Loriana boarded another plane and was whisked away to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore for chemotherapy treatment. This is where she’s been fighting ever since. Her journey has been an arduous test of strength and courage, with tear-inducing ups and downs along the way. Using social media as her tool, she has given tens of thousands of people a front-row seat to her daily trials and tribulations, describing in raw detail the routine challenges any cancer patient faces. Chock full of hope, setbacks, small victories and frequent heartache, Loriana’s posts have not only captured the hearts and minds of a growing digital audience, but given us all a glimpse into the reality of cancer treatments.
Loriana kicked cancer and is doing great after a lifesaving bone marrow transplant. She now shares her inspiring message of hope, hard work, and overcoming the odds.