Few people can pair up the words "cancer" and "blessing" in the same sentence.

Valerie Aguilera, a 36-year-old business woman in Waverly, can.

She has lived it, she fought it, and she conquered it.

At 27, after her two kids, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Had it not been for that, she says, and for the treatment that followed, she and her husband, Dan, would probably have had more biological kids.

Instead, they started fostering kids, eventually adopting a little girl called Gia in 2013, then in 2015, extending their hearts to Gia’s biological brother, Phoenix, who they had cared for since his birth.