“CHOOSE the HEALTHy way” draws attention to a group of people that is often overlooked: Young Cancer Survivors.

The protagonists: Four Europeans from Greece, Portugal and Spain who successfully fought cancer at the ages of 14, 19 and 23. Their personal stories are gripping. Karolina survived cancer at the age of 19, Konstantinos survived cancer at the age of 19, Bruna survived cancer at the age of 14 and Javier survived cancer at the age of 23.

In this short video, they teach us how cancer is a life changer. They briefly reflect on how it is to receive a cancer diagnosis and compare life before and after cancer diagnosis, concluding with how they changed their lifestyle and mainly their perspective about life. They try to live fully, choosing to be in the present moment and giving relevance to what really matters to them.

The concept and idea for the short film came from Petra Thaller, the founder and president of OAC and a cancer survivor herself. It was directed by Bojan Hadžiabdić and Zoran Kubura from Bosnia and Herzegovina. During the WHO Health for All Film Festival 2023, the video was awarded a special prize in the category “Very Short Film”.

Cancer survivor stories