Cancer has always been impacted some form of my life. As a child, I had to watch my mom suffer through countless surgeries, chemo treatments, and radiation after her diagnosis with stage II breast cancer. Although I did not fully understand the disease or how it was could have weakened my mother, I understood her suffering. I could see the pain my mom endured each day as she tried to battle her frightening diagnosis. With the help of talented doctors and her own strength, she was luckily able to recover fully and is able to live life expansively.
My work with the ISCC incredibly valuable to me because I know that the money I raise will go to these cancer patients. These funds will help them pay for treatment or provide quality care in hopes of expediting their recovery. As a student, there are many opportunities to get involved, but unfortunately very little time to do so. The Read-a-Thon has changed my perspective on this type of work because I am able to help many children by doing something I enjoy everyday. I read not only for pleasure or for school, but more importantly because I know that the funds I raise will benefit so many patients. Reading for me has expanded from an individual pursuit to and expansive activity that hopefully will help many children have the funds for treatment, and ultimately their recovery. It is my mission to give these children the same second chance of life that my mom was so fortunate to have.