An acute myeloid leukemia survivor and former TV news
reporter finds a new reason to help others improve their health.
BY JENNIFER WALKER
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAN CHUNG
At the Fox 7 television station in Austin, Texas, Loriana Hernandez-Aldama was the clean-living, fitness- loving health reporter. “When I helped people get fit
or change their lives, that fueled me,” she says as she sits on
her back patio in Ashburn, Virginia, where she now lives.
Three years after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in 2014, Hernandez-Aldama, 44, is now even more
motivated to share her passion for fitness. She learned from her
doctors after her diagnosis that the amount of chemotherapy
her body could handle correlated with her overall health and
fitness. The advantage gave her a greater chance of survival,
the doctors said. With that in mind, Hernandez-Aldama
created ArmorUp for Life (
armorupforlife.org), a nonprofit