After This Woman Survived Ovarian Cancer, She Returned Home Only To Face A Staggering Surprise

Cristina Muneton had just done something incredible – she had won her fight against ovarian cancer. And, on the ride home from her final chemotherapy session, she realized that she had another huge surprise waiting for her.

In February of 2018, Muneton’s doctors diagnosed her with ovarian cancer. Indeed, her treatment began a mere two days after she was given the news. In fact, the 58-year-old would eventually go through half-a-dozen rounds of chemotherapy over the course of 148 days.

After the diagnosis, doctors had to act fast – ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cause of death by cancer in women. In fact, the American Cancer Society has predicted that in 2018 more than 14,000 women will die from the disease.

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On top of that, every type of cancer brings with it a deadly complication. Both the disease and its treatment compromise the immune system. This means that exposure to a virus or bacteria can be fatal for cancer patients.

Knowing all of this – the deadliness of the disease, the risky side effects – Muneton’s niece, Belkis Plata, came up with an idea. The 32-year-old attorney wanted to commemorate all that her aunt had overcome. And she decided to do it in a very unexpected way.

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Plata thought about Muneton’s chemo schedule – her aunt would have a decreased risk of infection on a day she received her treatment. So, she honed in on July 24, 2018, which was also the 58-year-old’s last day receiving the cancer-fighting therapy.

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Next, the attorney planned a distraction. Muneton’s husband would take her from her chemo appointment to her Jacksonville, Florida, home, along with one of her friends. But Plata had told her aunt’s pal to lie and say her car needed a check-up. This story would make the journey take a little longer than usual; it would also take them on a different route home.

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Then, Plata organized the biggest surprise of all. She rallied Muneton’s family members, fellow church-goers and the rest of her friends. They all gathered in the 58-year-old’s neighborhood and waited for her strategically detoured ride to make its way home.

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But the group of supporters wasn’t going to throw Muneton a regular party to celebrate her big day. In fact, she would have to drive through the neighborhood to see what they had planned. And the shock on the 58-year-old’s face revealed just how incredible the surprise really was.

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At first, though, Muneton had no idea that what she was seeing was a surprise for her. Indeed, in a video recorded inside the car taking her home, she took note of the crowd and asked her husband, “Why did you come this way? These people aren’t going to let you through.”

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The cancer survivor’s friend played along, asking him, “What did you do?” A mere two seconds later, though, Muneton would know exactly why they had driven straight toward the crowd of people in the streets of her neighborhood.

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Plata later told MSN, “At first, my aunt thought there was some type of was some type of protest and asked my uncle to drive in a different direction. It wasn’t until she started looking at the individual faces […] that she realized everyone was there for her.”

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Indeed, the 58-year-old gasped when she realized the group of people leading a parade – complete with balloons, posters and chants – were there to celebrate her. Muneton exclaimed, “Oh goodness! For the love of God, you’re going to make my heart burst!”

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Amid the crowd, one woman held an inspirational poster that read, “Don’t look back, you are NOT going that way.” Another commemorated Muneton’s half-year fight: “I survived 148 days of chemo,” it read.

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Moreover, as Muneton continued driving through the parade, she said, “This is beautiful. What a wonderful surprise. Would you look at that.” In the middle of it all, she realized that the post-chemo detour had been a ruse. “There is nothing wrong with your car, you liar!” she said to her friend with a smile.

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But, eventually, smiles and laughter turned into an emotional display from the cancer survivor. In fact, as she peered out of the car window, tears were rolling down her face. She then blew kisses to those who had gathered to celebrate her.

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Indeed, Muneton’s friend took a moment to vocalize the reason that everyone had gathered on that July day. “You know how much we love and admire you,” she said. And, when the 58-year-old’s niece shared the video of the day via Instagram, viewers chimed in to share their good vibes.

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“We are crying happy tears with you in solidarity! This is the most heartwarming video. Beat cancer!” one Instagram user wrote. Another agreed, saying, “I’m crying! This is beautiful!” “That’s amazing,” echoed a third commenter.

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For Plata, though, the reward undoubtedly came from her aunt’s reaction to the parade. The attorney told MSN, “You can see the pure joy and feeling of love that she felt when she realized that all of the people that had lined the streets of her neighborhood were there for her.”

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Plata went on to say that her aunt’s special day exuded one of life’s most valued emotions – and one of the world’s most universal sentiments. “I think love transcends all languages,” the 32-year-old said. “And it’s clear to witness my aunt’s genuine surprise and elation to see so many of the people she loves celebrate this achievement with her.”

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