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This 8-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Was The Real Golden Globes Winner

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This is Juanita Hernandez.

Juanita was among the many photographers taking pictures of celebrities as they waltzed down the red carpet at the 74th annual Golden Globes.

Along with being the youngest photographer on the red carpet, Juanita was arguably as big of a celebrity as those passing by.

No seriously, celebrities were stopping to take a photo with her.

Striking a pose with Ryan Gosling. Juanita had a blast on the @goldenglobes red carpet. #smileclicklove #ERedCarpet #ryangosling

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But things haven’t always been this exciting for young Juanita.

Juanita and Amy Adams at the @goldenglobes #ERedCarpet! #PabloveShutterbugs #smileclicklove #hfpa #amyadams

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When Juanita was five years old she was diagnosed with cancer. As part of her treatment, doctors had to remove one of Juanita’s kidneys.

“I was taking ballet classes and I love going to the beach on weekends. Then I was diagnosed with cancer in march 2014,” wrote Hernandez on Instagram.

The diagnosis changed Juanita’s life, but she didn’t let it keep her from living.

Between treatments, Juanita took up hobbies, one of which was photography.

I had my camera with me all the time.” – Juanita Hernandez.

Enter the Pablove Shutterbugs.

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The Pablove Foundation sponsors the Pablove Shutterbugs summer workshop, where children with cancer can develop their photography skills.

According to their website, the organization’s “goal is to improve the quality of life for children living with cancer by forming a community of learners, introducing students to a new art form, and connecting them to creative spaces in their hometown.”

Thanks to the Pablove organization, Juanita was able to hang with celebs and seasoned photographers at the 2017 Golden Globes.

Like, seriously hang.

Posing with @kerrywashington at the @goldenglobes #ERedCarpet. #smileclicklove #scandal #hfpa

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Actors may have their stylists and fashion, but Juanita’s smile out-shined even the brightest stars on the red carpet.

“Every picture that I took while I was sick it reminds me of my past and the difficult times, but also as I look myself now, it reminds me of the great future ahead me,” wrote Juanita on Instagram.

Thanks to the Pablove Foundation, children faced with cancer are thriving through the arts and a whole lot of love.


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Say Bye Bye To Russian. Cuba's Government Is Asking Students To Learn English

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Say Bye Bye To Russian. Cuba’s Government Is Asking Students To Learn English

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As American tourism blossoms in Cuba, the government has begun requiring that high school and university students learn English, BBC New reports. In the past, students had been given the option between Russian or English — but that was during the Cold War era. Now that Cuba’s diplomatic relationships have changed and English-speaking tourists are flocking to the country, English is preferred.

For locals, learning English means getting a piece of tourist money, and there’s plenty to be earned. However, outdated technologies in the country are proving to be a challenge for teachers who are facing pressure from the government to make English the country’s second language.

The BBC has written a great article explaining how Cuba’s people are affected by both the tourism and learning English, which you can check out here.


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