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Even after 11-year leukemia battle, Louisville woman continues to inspire other fighters

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A college student with big plans, life changed dramatically for Meghan Steinberg, 22, when she discovered she had leukemia.

"What she went through was brutal and not a lot different than what other people fighting cancer go through, but she did it with grace and courage and determination and that made her special," Meghan's father, Jerry Steinberg, said.

Jerry Steinberg says during his daughter's 11-year battle, she never cried. It actually opened her eyes to the problems cancer patients face every day.

And she decided to help. Learning she was in remission at one point during her battle led to the start of something big. 

"I said, 'let's go on a shopping spree,' and she said, 'no i want to go to the children's hospital to see them.'"

One 14-year-old patient with a simple wish stood out, telling Meghan the only thing she wanted was a boombox. 

"She said she didn't have cards on the wall like I did. She didn't have a computer. She said, 'You want to buy me something? Buy a boombox.' And that's how Meghan's Mountain Foundation started. 

The money is used only to help meet the needs of patients and their families as they climb their mountains, so they know they're not alone.

They're purchased specially-made recliners, blanket warmers and TVs and Wii games for kids at staying at Kosair Children's Hospital.

Word about Meghan's Mountain reached the family of Jennifer Lawrence, who is now lending her star power to the battle, holding a special screening of her next film, "X-Men: Apocalypse," with proceeds going to Meghan's foundation. 

Meghan's mission is now her father's. She lost her own battle with cancer in 2015, but she's still winning the fight to help others. 

"When she knew she wasn't going to make it, there were three things she asked for and one was that her foundation continue, and that's what we're going to do," Jerry Steinberg said.

"If we can get people to understand and love those who need us, then she achieved her goal."

There's a silent auction at next Wednesday's screening, including autographed items from Lawrence.

For ticket information, click here.

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