Ziena Cabrera took part in her first tailgate party Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.
Despite her inexperience in such events she had no problem getting into the swing of things prior to the Buccaneers home game with the Kansas City Chiefs.
"I'm having a really great time," Cabrera explained. "I love to people watch. The whole atmosphere is so much fun."
The event wasn't a celebration of football it was a celebration of life for the 33-year-old woman.
Two years ago Cabrera received tragic news that turned her world upside down. She was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. Her doctor told her she had approximately 18 months to live.
Cabrera's thoughts immediately turned to her family, the ones that rely on her the most.
"I have two small children and to be told you have 18 months to live and plan your own funeral with your parents, it's pretty tough," she said.
Cabrera however will not allow the negative prognosis or the daily struggles of dealing with cancer get her down. She refuses to feel sorry for herself and is determined to live each and every day to its fullest.
Tailgating at a Bucs game was high on her ‘bucket list,' and her friends pulled together to make sure it happened.
Her husband Saul Verazin was among the group who took part in Sunday's pre-game fun.
"At the end of the day medicine can only do so much," Saul said. "It's really how a person feels inside and the love of family and friends and stuff like this really helps."
Though she fights a tough battle every day - much bigger than any National Football League matchup - Cabrera sat in the stands and cheered on her team just like everyone else.
Cabrera: "I feel normal, just for a few moments I don't have cancer."
Thanks to friends and family her wish came true Sunday.
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