ABC Family’s Chasing Life has gotten another early pickup. Ahead of the drama series’ Christmas special and second portion of Season 1, the show has been renewed for a 13-episode second season. This marks the first major pickup decision at ABC Family since the arrival of Karey Burke as EVP Programming and Development. “Through the laughter and the tears, our audience has connected with the characters and relationships in Chasing Life and we are thrilled to continue telling April’s courageous story,” said Burke. “Chasing Life has found a home here.“

Originally, Chasing Life, about twenty-something  journalist April (Italia Ricci) who is diagnosed with cancer, was picked up to series with a 13-episode order last year. Months ahead of the series premiere, the show was given a seven-episode back order, bringing its freshman season to 20 episodes.

Adapted from the successful Televisa Spanish-language Mexican television series, Chasing Life is a co-production between BV Family Productions, Lionsgate, and Televisa USA in association with ABC Family. The series is executive produced by Aaron Kaplan, the project’s writers Susanna Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz, as well as Sean Smith.

Airing behind ABC Family’s flagship drama Pretty Little Liars, Chasing Life has done well in the network’s target demographics. Season to date, it is the No.1 cable series in its time period in Adults 18-34 (616,000/0.9 rating), Women 18-34 (527,000/1.6 rating), Viewers 12-34 (911,00/1.0 rating) and Females 12-34 (810,000/1.8 rating).

A special Christmas episode of Chasing Life will air December 9 as part ABC Family’s “25 Days of Christmas” programming event. Part 2 of Season 1 will kick off in January.