'Lemon Challenge' created after Easton woman's cancer diagnosis

An Easton woman spoke to News 12 Saturday about her current battle with stage 4 non-smoker's lung cancer.



Alix Martinez, 43, a mother of three, says her diagnosis in January was the shock of a lifetime.



"When the first doctor came in and put his arm on me and told me I have cancer, he said it's the size of a lemon," she says.



Martinez says doctors told her she had a genetic mutation and would be a good candidate for a chemotherapy pill.



"I started taking the pill and started to quickly feel better," she told News 12.



Friends of Martinez, who works as an underwater children's photographer, quickly mobilized online and created the "Lemon Challenge," where participants video themselves destroying lemons. The challenge is an effort to spread awareness and encourage yearly checkups.



It may be a cliché, but Martinez says she is proud to be turning her lemons into lemonade.



"Many, many people have thanked me because now they've gone to the doctor," says Martinez.



As her recovery continues, she hopes people everywhere will heed her simple, but powerful message.



 


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