Allie Oetken is a 19-year-old from California who has had Ewing's sarcoma, a rare bone cancer, for over two years.
In November, she celebrated clear scans with her mom on ATVs in Hawaii. "Everything had been going well until about two weeks ago," Oetken told BuzzFeed News.
Oetken is now at City of Hope, a cancer hospital, for stage IV Ewing's sarcoma metastasized to the skull. "I've been in the hospital mostly for pain management while we figure out what the plan is moving forward," she said.
Oetken was disappointed when, on Saturday, she couldn't attend the Women's March with her friends in LA. She wanted to "protest the new president" and what she called his "gross rhetoric and behavior."
But in the midst of her sadness, the teen heard chanting from a fellow patient and she joined her.
After making an extra sign for Oetken, the women traveled the hospital floor with their IV poles and nurses.
"It was important to me because I felt such solidarity with women that day, obviously the ones who marched with me, but all over," Oetken said.
When the teen shared photos of the mini march on Twitter, people were incredibly touched.
One person described it as "beautiful" and another "pure."
"Queen," someone else said.
Others sent well wishes.
And a whole lot of love.
And the size of the march didn't have an impact on the power of the experience. Oetken called it "indescribable."
Remy Smidt is a reporter with BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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