Tina Cancio (from Chicago) is the founder of balance salon spa and LGL Leukemia Advocate for the LGL Leukemia Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Diagnosed with a very rare leukemia, Tina, felt a deep and longing connection to make it her life long mission, to create an advocacy page and the first ever created, Large Granular Lymphocytic Leukemia (LGLL) Foundation dedicated to bringing awareness, resources, tools and donations to increase LGL Leukemia research.


January, 2016 - Founder, Tina Cancio is very honored and proud to be a part of the new Moffitt Cancer Center​ "Community of Courage" Campaign 2016. This is part of my story and I would like to share with you. It will also be featured on the new Moffitt Community of Courage website.


Cancio grew up in Chicago, Illinois. Her mother worked as a hairdresser during her youth. Her mother had a home salon where, Tina, was able to learn all of the aspects of Cosmetology. Tina was always very interested in being an independent business owner, although she spent over 20 years in the food and beverage industry. She graduated from Roosevelt University with dual degrees in Macro-Sociology and Psychology.


In 2000, Cancio moved to Tampa, Florida and held successful positions in sales and management for the food and beverage industry, with internationally recognized companies. She has been apart of the business industry with over 30 years of experience.

In 2008, she founded balance salon spa (an Aveda exclusive salon spa), along with her husband, Carlos Cancio.

In 2010, Cancio was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia (bone marrow failure disease), a very rare blood disorder at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. She also partnered with Moffitt News media at Moffitt Cancer Center, by filming a video to create awareness for LGLL and Medicaid. She then became a silent partner at balance salon spa, due to her chronic cancer.

In 2011, she was diagnosed with T-cell Large granular lymphocytic leukemia (LGLL), a very rare blood cancer at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. It was at this point, she decided to share her cancer journey and help those affected by the disease.

In 2014, Tina founded the first ever created, Large Granular Lymphocytic Leukemia (LGLL) Foundation, as a resource guide for newly and existing diagnosed patients and their families.

In 2015, Tina and her husband were invited to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, to meet with the Director, Dr. Thomas Loughran Jr. MD., who discovered LGL leukemia as a fellow over 30 years ago. All of this was made possible by an extremely generous private donor family who contacted, Tina, to collaborate with UVA in pioneering the first and only LGL Leukemia Program in the world.

Mrs. Cancio serves as a member of the Working Women of Tampa Bay, partners to support Moffitt Cancer Center and their cancer center initiatives, while volunteering for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on the Advocacy Committee Board for the State of Florida. She volunteers for the Rare Genomic Institute and RareShare Community, as an LGLL Community Leader. She is also apart of the worlds largest LGL Leukemia Support Group on Facebook. Tina, lives Tampa, Florida with her husband and 2 children.

The Face of Cancer Can Be Very, Very Deceiving

It is always hiding in there, ducking and weaving.

The Face of Cancer is never ever pleasing. It shows up unannounced like it was invited, but I never know when it will be leaving.

The Face of Cancer can appear beautiful and bright, but inside the body, it is trying to steal all of the light.

The Face of Cancer is always very, very deceiving. Everything looks to be fine on the outside, but the truth on the inside is always grieving.

The Face of Cancer is very misconceiving, because the light is still shining and will never ever think of leaving.

MY Face of Cancer is always Smiling, because I know GOD, the Healer and I am I still Believing!

Author- Tina Cancio : Mother, Wife, and Cancer Patient

Large Granular Lymphocytic Leukemia (LGL) 2011 Bone Marrow Failure Disease (Aplastic Anemia) 2010