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Flix for You: How to chase a life

“Chasing Life” is all about the life of April Carver as her life spirals out of her control

Kendall Gaignat, JAG photographer and reporter

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Bad things are bound to happen to everyone in their life, but how we handle them is what makes the difference.

“Chasing Life” is centered around a woman named April Carver and her family. Before the beginning of the series, April had lost her dad in a bad car accident. In the very first episode, April is trying to get an interview with a famous baseball player for her news story. In the midst of all this, she collapses. The doctors run tests seeing what happened and the results are less than pleasing to hear: April was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 24. You get to go along on April’s journey to get better and go back to having a normal life.

After she hears this tragic news, she keeps it on the down-low. She hides it from everyone, even her mom. Eventually, she reveals the sad news and action takes place immediately. Along with this new adventure she’s on, April becomes friends with some unlikely people, like the stuck-up rich boy named Leo in her cancer support group and her father’s secret daughter.

The show is very dramatic but it’s full of laughter and love. My mom and I would watch this show together on Tuesdays and it was so fun. It ran on ABC Family for a year but sadly, they aren’t making any more new episodes. I personally loved the show so I was very upset when the show never got renewed for a new season.

What I love most about this show is that it talks about such a real and scary issue. The topic of cancer is rarely discussed because of all the feelings that come with the word. The producers of this show put a new spin on cancer and show what all can come from it aside from sickness; unity, love and support from those around you. This is what Relay for Life is all about, supporting and loving those who are going through this same thing.

I so wish they were making more episodes of “Chasing Life” because it was so good. If you’re looking for a happy, yet still very dramatic show to start, this is just the show for you.

See you next time!
Kendall Gaignat

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