Ahead of this weekend's American Cancer Society Telethon, we introduce you to our Courage Award winners who either beat cancer or are currently fighting.

Jillian Datchko from Tamaqua needed one of the rarest cancer treatments in the world.

In January of 2019, Jillian Datchko's journey with cancer started like many. Not knowing why she was vomiting, losing weight rapidly and constantly feeling tired.

"Because I kept getting sick. The hospital would make me better and then send me home. And then I would get sick and every time I got sick it was something new." she said.

Four months go by and they couldn't diagnose her. For awhile she thought she had MS until May of 2019 she was diagnosed with Primary CNS Lymphoma in her brain.

Jillian said, "Until I was actually on a cancer floor seeing other cancer patients, getting treated and I was getting treated and I was like okay this is real."

Treatment was not simple. She went through three different chemo plans over the course of a year and her tumor wasn't shrinking. Then she was introduced to what's called Car-T. It's when they take your blood, fortify it, and put it back.

She said, "It teaches my T-cells to fight my cancer. And then multiples them by millions."

This Car-T treatment started in February of 2020 in Boston, and in just three months she became tumor free and in remission. She is only the second person in the entire world to have her form of cancer treated with this experimental therapy.

"Amazing because that tumor that was on that scan from February would not go away. That was the one that would not go away."

But this treatment came at a physical cost - basically paralyzing her extremities. Jillian said every single person in her family helped including her mother, fiance and her son Brady.

"I had to help her from room to room or into bed or just from place to place." Brady said, "If she wanted to go out, she needed to go out. I had to help her to the car, help her out of the car. Like.....It was a lot."

He was just 11 years old when his mom's battle started, but says if it was ever going to happen, that was the perfect time.

"I wasn't old enough to understand at the time. I wasn't panicking or struggling." He said, "But I was strong enough to help her."

Jillian is so proud to receive an ACS Courage Award but said all survivors and fighters deserve one.

"I feel that everybody who goes through this, everybody deserves the courage award. Really because it's the unknown. You get diagnosed with cancer and it's the unknown, you know? You have to have that courage."

You can watch Jill and the other courage award winners on the American Cancer Society Telethon this Saturday and Sunday from noon to midnight on Channel 13.