Karolina Jasko, 20, is getting ready to compete in the Miss USA Pageant.
Her road leading up to being crowned Miss Illinois USA is part of her story.
Her thumb reveals the scars of melanoma skin cancer.
For Karolina, her brush with melanoma became part of her platform as Miss Illinois USA.
"Being Miss Illinois USA helps me a lot because I get to talk about it with large groups of people and I feel like I get to bring awareness,” Karolina said.