From February 19th-20th, Charleston Miracle is committing to raise $20,000 in honor of Alex Guerrero's twenty years of life. Alex was a member of the College of Charleston community who fought a courageous three-year battle to osteosarcoma from 2015-2018. Though he is no longer with us, Alex's legacy will live on for years to come. Please consider donating in Alex's honor.
On August 15th, 1997, Alex Guerrero's journey began. Alex, the son of Pati Guerrero and Luis Guerrero, was like every other kid. He had his boisterous two's, his rambunctious teen years, and his adventurous pursuits to attend college. Going into the spring of his senior year, Alex had intentions of attending the College of Charleston for the Fall of 2015. Unfortunately, after some noticeable pain in his knee, he went to the doctor. At the doctor with his mother, he received the news of his prognosis - osteosarcoma.
Over the spring and summer, Alex fought through his chemotherapy treatment and knee replacement surgery so that he could attend school in the Spring. Once on campus, Alex was in remission for 11 months before his cancer returned. Stronger this time, Alex had to amputate his right leg from the thigh down. Though he was in extreme amounts of pain, Alex did not show it. Alex refused to let his cancer drag him down or anyone around him. One story of his unrelenting determination and strength happened days after his amputation. In one of his classes, he had a test. The professor told him that he did not have to take the test and she insisted that he waited until he fully recovered. In true Alex fashion, he showed up on the day of the test with his prosthetic leg, leaving the teacher speechless.
During his treatment, Alex attended and counseled at Camp Happy Days, a camp dedicated to enrich and empower kids with cancer. At this camp, Alex was able to meet other kids affected by cancer and the love of his life. Morgan Guerrero (Krohn at the time) was a fellow camp counselor. Over the summer of 2017, Alex and Morgan fell in love and became inseparable.
On December 18th, 2017, Alex received news that he had anywhere between 3 to 6 months to live. Did this stop him? No. Alex continued to spend time with loved ones, go on rides in his jeep, and enjoy the small joys of life (like Taco Tuesdays). He knew his time was going to end, but not how soon. On February 8th, 2018 he found out that the cancer had spread drastically and that he had only a few weeks to live. Unfortunately, those few weeks turned into 8 days. On February 13th, Alex and Morgan were married and three days later on February 16th, Alex passed away in his home surrounded by those who loved him.
Though gone, Alex's legacy lives on in many ways. His strength is within the campers he mentored, his story and pride spreads across College of Charleston's campus, and his love and joy lives within his friends, family, and wife. But most of all, his legacy has been shared with you.