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

Meet Brianna

“Surviving is living beyond cancer and enjoying life again.”

Meet Anthony

“Survivorship means that I will live in the moment, be confident in my contribution and intentional in my desire to change the world.” 

Meet Ana

“Currently, I am living as a survivor which I now understand is an immense gift not to be taken for granted. “

Meet Amara

“Survival is not simply merely existing , it is living your life every day fully and completely. “

Meet Amanda

“Survivorship is a privilege, and I am grateful every single day for how lucky I am. I am proud to be a cancer survivor. “

Meet Ali

“Survivorship is much more than a word that explains my success, it embodies the journey that I have faced.”

Meet Addison

“Survivorship is something that you earn, whether it be during or after your experience.”

Meet Abigail

“Life is far too fragile to waste by pursuing comfort and hunting safety.”

Meet Nishant

“I don’t go a single day without thinking the phrase, I may have had Cancer, but Cancer never had me.”

Meet Nicole

“This is the calling of survivorship. It is embracing your experience to inspire others to keep fighting.”

Meet Jacob

“Survivorship means always keeping courage close to your heart and to show others how it is possible to overcome anything as long as optimism and hope prevail.”

Meet Carly

“You can either focus on the disease, the sickness, and the possibility of dying or you can reach out and grab hold of a great hope for the future”

Meet Olivia

“Survivorship is grasping onto your life with clenched hands, not allowing one more second to be consumed by fear.”

Meet Rebecca

“I have learned to be resilient in the face of challenges that come my way.”

Meet Abigail

“All that I do is survive because surviving is my only option…”

Meet Cassidy

“Being a survivor… has taught me what is important, and showed me how vital it is to live everyday to the fullest.”

Meet Esther

“To me, its learning that survivorship is not a title but rather a state of being.”

Meet Kaylee

“Life is a fragile thing, and we never know the moment it will end, but I want to live all of the days I have with thankfulness.”

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.”

Meet Ben

“Cancer has helped me discover what I love doing.”

Meet Gabrielle

“Cancer does not define me, but it has contributed tremendously to the person that I am today.”

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.”

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.”

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…”

Meet Caitlin

“My experience taught me that we are measured by how we handle life’s adversities.”

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.”

Meet Amber

“I am a survivor and I will make something from it.”

Meet Hallie

“Today I am cancer-free, empowered by the lessons I learned, and thankful for my life.”

Meet Jessica

“Childhood is defined by the development of character, built on moments of discovery, success, and mistakes that lead to wisdom.”

Meet Joanne

“Looking back now, I can say that I’m actually glad that I had cancer.”

Meet Adam

“Determination and dedication are key aspects of my mentality.”

Meet Alexandra

“It is much more freeing to put the disease out in the open instead or trying to forget it.”

Meet Allison

“I am a 19-year-old cancer survivor; there is nothing that I can’t do!”

Meet Ashley

“The most important thing we can do as a cancer survivor is share our experience.”

Meet Cassie

“Cancer ATTACKED…Cancer TOOK…Cancer LOST…Cassie SURVIVED!!!”

Meet Chase

Battling osteosarcoma as a teenage boy for over nine months impacted Chase Meacham’s entire life.

Meet Cole

“I built mental strength and determination to do whatever it took to face these challenges.”

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.”

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.

Meet Helena

“Challenges continue with my vision but I have tools under my sleeve to combat their moves.”

Meet Jack

“My diagnosis and treatment also instilled in me the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.”

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.”

Meet John

“No cancer survivor is truly cancer-free. I will carry it with me for the rest of my life.”

Meet Josh

“Through my survivorship I have finally understood life is sacred”

Meet Kelsey

“When fighting my battle against cancer I was challenged physically, socially and spiritually.”

Meet Liz

Liz expects nothing but the best from herself whether in the classroom or on the playing field.

Meet Mary

“Life is hard, fun, sad and very unpredictable, but I believe cancer has given me the drive to fight and succeed.”

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.”

Meet Melinda

“What an amazing gift to receive…life. Better yet, what an incredible gift to give.”

Meet Montana

“I think about cancer every day. It gives me the drive and the passion to do everything that I do.”

Meet Natasha

“I will do whatever it takes to prove that cancer has not conquered me”

Meet Neha

“I became a believer that we are only given the challenges that we will be able to handle.”

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.”

Meet Rikesia

“At the age of fourteen, my life changed forever. I went on a journey that most teenagers would never imagine.”

Meet Sarah

“I know I have been given a gift and cannot waste my life just waiting for the cancer to return someday.”

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