Within hours of a surgery to remove a cancerous tumor, Julie Kramer got up to move around, as the doctors had advised, and began dancing down the hospital hallway wheeling her IV lines.
“I was feeling something inside. And I was like ‘I’m going to make this fun,’” she told Ellen DeGeneres, while being interviewed on her TV show in December 2014.
Kramer, now a junior Communications major and a cancer survivor, was diagnosed after her 23rd birthday with stage IV Synovial Sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer. After seeing that Ellen DeGeneres was looking to meet dedicated and inspiring women, Kramer’s friends and family started a social media campaign #JulieMeetsEllen in hopes that Ellen would see their tweets and share Kramer’s story of strength, courage and determination.
DeGeneres made the #JulieMeetsEllen dream come true. She “defines the word inspiration,” DeGeneres told her show guests and viewers as she brought up the video clip of Kramer dancing in the hospital.