Woman Adopts Child After Birth Mother Dies From Breast Cancer

Heather Salazar was a mom of three when she was approached by a neighbor. This neighbor let her know that a woman she knew, Alexis Preston, was 23 and dying from breast cancer. Alexis had a 10-month-old baby girl and she was looking for a family to take care of her baby. Heather, taken aback, had never considered adoption, but after she and her husband met with Alexis, she felt strongly they were meant to adopt little baby Lexi.

Though Alexis never gave up the fight, she passed away shortly after the adoption of Lexi.

Lexi and her new family grew closer and closer together. Then the unthinkable happened. While Heather was in the shower, she felt a hard lump in her breast. Cancer. She couldn’t believe it.

Thankfully, after treatments, Heather was able to beat cancer. But she credits Alexis and Lexi for for saving her life. If she had never met them, she may have never thought to check herself. Heather was further inspired to help women suffering with breast cancer by becoming the CEO of Pink Ribbon Girls, a nonprofit.

You can read more about Heather and Lexie’s story here.

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Crystal started in the adoption community as an intern for Adoption.com. From there she became the content manager, and has recently moved to become a content specialist. Crystal has been touched by the hundreds of articles she's read and edited from all members of the adoption triad. In her free time she loves to spend too much time on Instagram, hike around Oregon, and hang out with her husband. Show her pictures of your puppies or share some salt and vinegar chips with her, and you've got a friend for life.

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