For the third year, the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation is proud to support the educational pursuits of pediatric cancer survivors with our annual PCRF scholarship program! This year, we awarded 39 scholarships in the amount of $40,000.
Surviving cancer isn’t the end of a cancer warrior’s journey. There are still worries of challenges and potential late effects of their treatment. Childhood cancer survivors are more than four times more likely to have difficulty finding employment as compared to children who did not face malignant or life-threatening diseases (Hewitt, Weiner, Simone 2003). Through these scholarships, PCRF is providing a tangible means of support to the long-term quality of life for childhood cancer survivors. Our hope is to actively contribute to the long-term care of cancer survivors, giving them tools to succeed in their community and adult lives. The Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation is incredibly proud to be a part of supporting extraordinary young people in their next steps to success.
We’d like to introduce you to some of our 2019 PCRF Scholarship Awardees — our future leaders:
Saylor, Age 18, High School Senior
Diagnosed at age 14 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), in remission
Majoring in Nursing
“Cancer is very isolating. I spent many holidays and milestones in the hospital without friends and just my mom. The nurses were the ones sitting by my bedside, talking to me about “normal” teenage stuff, making me laugh and holding me when I cried. My diagnosis let me to my decision to become a Pediatric Oncology Nurse.”
Robbie, Age 18, High School Senior
Diagnosed at age 12 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, in remission
Majoring in Pre-Med
“It makes me more than just a cancer survivor, allowing me to not only beat cancer but to use it for good, incorporating painfully learned lessons and subsequent motivation to create an impactful life that far exceeds the dark hole that is this disease. Yet just as a patient who enters remission still receives care, although I have overcome the challenge, I look to continue to strive forward. In my life I will help others fighting this cruel disease to live, follow their dreams, and affect change just as I intend to do.”
Allan, Age 20, Junior at Stanford University
Diagnosed at age 8 with Geminoma (brain tumor), in remission
Majoring in Biology
“My fight against cancer has given me a passion and new direction in life. I remind myself that among the many lasting impressions caused by cancer, the most significant one is that I survived. Because of cancer, I found my path in medicine and biomedical research. Each day I live is another reminder that I survived because of a purpose. That purpose is to help change the lives of future cancer patients for the better.”
You have the power to help kids, like Saylor, Robbie, and Allen, become cancer-free and live a healthy life beyond their diagnosis. Now is the time to become a vital part of advancing pediatric cancer research.