Colleen Sincavage 18, Kennett Square, PA, Olivia Marquart Scholarship Diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma “At least the cancer won’t derail my whole life and it has helped to sharpen my career focus. Now I have more empathy and more insight into the emotional journey of loss and grief. I’ve learned that some people with scars want help
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Miranda Sierra 18, Orange, CA, Marilyn Yetso Memorial Scholarship Diagnosed with Spindle Cell High Grade Sarcoma “Cancer is a negative experience that can come with positive influences and a new perspective on life. It is disadvantageous that it takes such a traumatic experience to show someone how important life is and how sudden it can be
Grace Horvath 19, Leesburg, VA, Lisa Higgins-Hussman Foundation Scholarship Mother diagnosed with a brain tumor "We [my family] have all grown so much as individuals, and we help each other be more positive and hopeful. I have realized what is important in life. I love my family, I love my life, and I now try to
Kathryn Brown 18, Silver Spring, MD, Lisa Higgins-Hussman Foundation Scholarship Diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma "Beating my odds of survival is something I will never forget. I know the cancer could potentially come back or I could have issues from the transplant, but I would never live in fear. I overcome everything in my life because that
Somer Greene 22, Irvine, CA, John Hanley Memorial Scholarship Diagnosed with gastric carcinoma “I have learned that my responsibilities for my health and my commitment to community service have shaped me into a young, independent woman ready to lead her own future. Today I am proud to have the responsibilities of a cancer survivor. That also means
Nicolette Bautista 18, Mundelein, IL, John Hanley Memorial Scholarship Diagnosed with thyroid cancer “I wish that for the rest of my life, I will be participating in efforts that contribute to cancer research and the betterment of cancer patients and their families. And I know that these efforts can happen anywhere and everywhere, because I’ve witnesses it
Nicholas Hibbeler 18, Kansas City, MO, John Hanley Memorial Scholarship Diagnosed with B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia “Most people would not say that they are thankful for traumatic, life-threatening event in their life, but I am not most people. I take anything life throws at me and try to find the silver lining or otherwise create one.
Jessica Cantwell 22, Wayne, NJ, John Hanley Memorial Scholarship Diagnosed with T-cell ALL Leukemia “Cancer sucks. But it made me value my health and my life more than I ever would have without going through it. It made me value each laugh with my friends, each hug with my mom, each smile from a patient in good
Andrew Freeman 21, North Bay Village, FL, John Duvall Memorial Scholarship Mother diagnosed with leukemia “The stress [of my mother’s diagnosis] has driven me to try everything I can to make my future and my mother’s future better and easier. This situation has opened my eyes to the many serious everyday struggles of families everywhere.”
Sonja Wagner 26, Davenport, FL, Jill Weaver Starkman Scholarship Diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma “Soon after receiving my diagnosis, I realized that this was not a death sentence but an opportunity. I knew that once I beat the disease, it would allow me the chance to make a difference in the lives of others suffering with