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Scholar Survivor Stories

Our scholarship recipients are insightful and inspiring. Read their award-winning essays to learn more about them and their individual journey.

Meet Kristen

""Someday, I hope I will be the one that allows a patient and their family to breathe a sigh of relief when I enter the room.""
→ read Kristin's essay

Meet Ben

"Cancer has helped me discover what I love doing."
→ read Ben's essay

Meet Gabrielle

"Cancer does not define me, but it has contributed tremendously to the person that I am today."
→ read Gabrielle's essay

Meet Farah

"My cancer experience is essential to me; it has taught me that the light at the end of the tunnel is attainable as long as I keep my head up and my hand out always reaching."
→ read Farah's essay

Meet Harrison

"I had cancer. This fact alone does not define me. However, it is an important part of my journey and has helped me develop servant leadership qualities."
→ read Harrison's essay

Meet Callie

"Survivorship does last a lifetime. I am able to appreciate the opportunities I am given and I don't let the small things bother me..."
→ read Callie's essay

Meet Caitlin

"My experience taught me that we are measured by how we handle life's adversities."
→ read Caitlin's essay

Meet Dean

"I am more focused on what I want to achieve in life and the direction I am headed. I fought the fight. I've beaten the odds. I am a champion."
→ read Dean's essay

Meet Amber

"I am a survivor and I will make something from it."
→ read Amber's essay

Meet Halle

"Today I am cancer-free, empowered by the lessons I learned, and thankful for my life."
→ read Halle's essay

Meet Jessica

"Childhood is defined by the development of character, built on moments of discovery, success, and mistakes that lead to wisdom."
→ read Jessica's essay

Meet Joanne

"Looking back now, I can say that I'm actually glad that I had cancer."
→ read Joanne's essay

Meet Adam

"Determination and dedication are key aspects of my mentality."
→ read Adam's story

Meet Alexandra

"It is much more freeing to put the disease out in the open instead or trying to forget it."
→ read Alexandra's story

Meet Allison

"I am a 19-year-old cancer survivor; there is nothing that I can't do!"
→ read Allison's story

Meet Ashley

"The most important thing we can do as a cancer survivor is share our experience."
→ read Ashley's story

Meet Cassie

"Cancer ATTACKED...Cancer TOOK...Cancer LOST...Cassie SURVIVED!!!"
→ read Cassie's words

Meet Chase

Battling osteosarcoma as a teenage boy for over nine months impacted Chase Meacham's entire life.
→ read Chase's story

Meet Cole

"I built mental strength and determination to do whatever it took to face these challenges."
→ read Cole's story

Meet Elizabeth

"I don't think I'll ever stop trying to make an impact or changes for the better. This is what survivorship means to me."
→ read Elizabeth's story

Meet Heather

One day she was playing with her girlfriends; the next, 10-year-old Heather was in a doctor's office being told she had leukemia.
→ read Heather's story

Meet Helena

"Challenges continue with my vision but I have tools under my sleeve to combat their moves."
→ read Helena's story

Meet Jack

"My diagnosis and treatment also instilled in me the importance of living a healthy lifestyle."
→ read Jack's story

Meet Jackson

"As cancer survivor, I am not a 'one size fits all' kind of person so finding a place where I feel whole is essential."
→ read Jackson's story

Meet John

"No cancer survivor is truly cancer-free. I will carry it with me for the rest of my life."
→ read John's words

Meet Josh

"Through my survivorship I have finally understood life is sacred"→ read Josh's words

Meet Kelsey

"When fighting my battle against cancer I was challenged physically, socially and spiritually."
→ read Kelsey's story

Meet Liz

Liz expects nothing but the best from herself whether in the classroom or on the playing field.
→ read Liz's story

Meet Mary

"Life is hard, fun, sad and very unpredictable, but I believe cancer has given me the drive to fight and succeed."
→ read Mary's words

Meet Megan

"Cancer was the worst thing that happened to me. I lost my hair, my friends, and my freedom...yet, I wouldn't take it back for anything in the world."
→ read Megan's essay

Meet Melinda

"What an amazing gift to receive...life. Better yet, what an incredible gift to give."
→ read Melinda's essay

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Meet Montana

"I think about cancer every day. It gives me the drive and the passion to do everything that I do."
→ read Montana's essay

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Meet Natasha

"I will do whatever it takes to prove that cancer has not conquered me"
→ read Natasha's essay

Meet Neha

"I became a believer that we are only given the challenges that we will be able to handle."
→ read Neha's story

Meet Rachael

"Cancer is merely one of my stories. The subject is not a sensitive one for me because my goal is not to be pitied but to inform."
→ read Rachael's story

Meet Rikesia

"At the age of fourteen, my life changed forever. I went on a journey that most teenagers would never imagine."
→ read Rikesia's essay

Meet Sarah

"I know I have been given a gift and cannot waste my life just waiting for the cancer to return someday."
→ read Sarah's essay