Teens battling cancer featured on city buses to get community’s help

Two Albuquerque teens are in the fight of their lives, and a local businessman is trying to help them by putting their stories on buses. 

“It’s just really hard cause I feel like I’m missing out,” said Makenna Davis. 

Davis was a typical 17-year-old Cleveland High School student last October when her friend noticed a lump on her.

“She said, ‘What’s wrong with your neck?’ and I said, ‘What do you mean?'” said Davis. 

By the next day, Makenna was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. 

“Chemo is really hard, it’s really rough, it takes a toll on my body,” she said.  

What’s more, her younger sister had survived leukemia years before. 

“We are the first in New Mexico history to have siblings have two separate cancers,” said Davis.  

Now, local realtor John Lopez is trying to do his part to help with a campaign called “Love You ABQ.”

“I asked the community to nominate some families or some people that I can really promote to try to help,” said John Lopez.  

He was told about Makenna and another teen, 16-year-old Isiah Lovato. 

“I called up the mom and I was like, ‘So I’m doing this initiative, you guys were nominated multiple times…what do you need?'” he said. 

Instead of money, she said she needed a match for her son. 

“She goes, ‘My son’s gonna die if I don’t find a match for his bone marrow,'” said Lopez.  

Now, Makenna and Isiah’s faces are on city buses so that people can learn about submitting their DNA to see if they’re a match for Isiah, or how to donate money to Makenna’s family to help with medical bills. 

“My family wouldn’t have to worry about the expenses that this sickness is causing me,” said Davis.  

Lopez, co-owner of the Duke City Gladiators indoor football team, said he hopes the campaign will spark pride in the city and beyond. 

“I’m hoping that the world, or at least the nation, will see that all of us stick together and we help each other,” said Lopez. 

He also made hoodies, shirts and hats to also help raise money for the cause. Lopez said once the needs are met for Makenna and Isiah, he will find more people to sponsor.

Those city buses with the new wraps on them just hit the streets Tuesday.  If you’d like to help Makenna and Isiah, click here.

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