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Cancer victim says recovery was a blessing from God through the intercession of the Blessed Mother

Devotion to Mary offers hope to Filipinos

Filipino devotees join a procession of an image of the Blessed Mother during the celebration of the 99th anniversary of her appearance before three children in Fatima, Portugal. (Photo by Angie de Silva)

Jilson Tio grew up in a traditional Catholic Filipino family with a strong devotion to the Blessed Mother. One day in 2014, however, the 34-year-old teacher's faith was put to test.

He was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia but his reaction was to deny his situation despite the fever that came every evening and the changing color of his skin that turned paler by the day.

"At first I wanted to deny that I was sick," Tio said. But it was only for a while. After a few weeks, he turned to prayer.

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