Megan, center, with dad Michael and mom Paulette, is disease free after battling leukemia. Photo courtesy of Deniene Erickson.

As Oakley resident Megan Pato exits her teen years and looks forward to a career in real estate and living on her own, she’s leaving leukemia in the rear-view mirror and looking toward a full life ahead of her. 

“I want to be successful, and I’m driven and nothing will hold me back,” said Pato, who turns 20 this month. “I know that if I put my mind to it, I’ll succeed.”

Pato’s future wasn’t always this certain. Nearly two years ago, during a family vacation in Disneyland, Pato realized that something was very wrong.


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