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This Teen Joined A Women's March In Her Hospital

"This is beautiful. Keep fighting."

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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.

Allie Oetken

Oetken, post-diagnosis but pre-chemotherapy, around the time of her high school graduation.


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.

"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.

couldn't make it the LA march today so we had to do our own protest around the hospital (only got 1 floor– we tried…


"Queen," someone else said.

Others sent well wishes.

And a whole lot of love.

@allieoets I love you so much for this thank you, thank YOU

Remy Smidt is a reporter with BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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