Mac Chavez

Mac Chavez

Millennial Advocate of Childhood Cancer Awareness

In 2012, Cancervants PH co-founder Mac Chavez woke up in the ICU after suffering from cardiac arrest, diagnosed with the short-coupled version of Torsades de Pointes, a rare heart arrhythmia. Her life has never been the same since, but when asked about it, Mac is hopeful, especially when discussing what she does now.

“Go by faith,” Mac says. “God didn’t let me have a second lease on life for nothing. I was meant to do something.” She believes her calling is to help other people, especially children with cancer. She wants her testimony to help inspire other children because she knows how much inspiration can help a person—especially because it has helped her. After she was diagnosed with her condition, her brother died of cardiac arrest. “Every time I help save a child through cancer events, it’s like I can save my brother.”

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In 2012, Cancervants PH co-founder Mac Chavez woke up in the ICU after suffering from cardiac arrest, diagnosed with the short-coupled version of Torsades de Pointes, a rare heart arrhythmia. Her life has never been the same since, but when asked about it, Mac is hopeful, especially when discussing what she does now.

“Go by faith,” Mac says. “God didn’t let me have a second lease on life for nothing. I was meant to do something.” She believes her calling is to help other people, especially children with cancer. She wants her testimony to help inspire other children because she knows how much inspiration can help a person—especially because it has helped her. After she was diagnosed with her condition, her brother died of cardiac arrest. “Every time I help save a child through cancer events, it’s like I can save my brother.”

The doctors would tell her it’s a miracle she was alive because it was very rare that someone would suffer cardiac arrest twice and survive. In 2012, Cancervants PH co-founder Mac Chavez woke up in the ICU after suffering from cardiac arrest, diagnosed with the short-coupled version of Torsades de Pointes, a rare heart arrhythmia. Her life has never been the same since, but when asked about it, Mac is hopeful, especially when discussing what she does now.

“Go by faith,” Mac says. “God didn’t let me have a second lease on life for nothing. I was meant to do something.” She believes her calling is to help other people, especially children with cancer. She wants her testimony to help inspire other children because she knows how much inspiration can help a person—especially because it has helped her. After she was diagnosed with her condition, her brother died of cardiac arrest. “Every time I help save a child through cancer events, it’s like I can save my brother.”

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“Go by faith,” Mac says. “God didn’t let me have a second lease on life for nothing. I was meant to do something.”

Instead of responding to hardships with doubt or anger, she responds in faith that these things are happening to bring her closer to God and to bring her closer to the people she needs to help. Her other greatest source of inspiration is her mother, Dra. Guada Chavez, who was a beacon of hope for Mac through all those times in the hospital when she was unable to understand why these things were happening to her. Of her mother, Mac says “Nothing can shake her because she knows she is wrapped in grace and she can move by faith.”

She lives one day at a time, doesn’t try to picture herself in the next ten years and hope that she still gets to live this kind of life. To her, extending grace and kindness is a conscious effort, and as you do it, it becomes a habit and extends to other people. Compassion has become her life’s work, and she carries it with a strength that inspires everyone around her.