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Inspirational Stories

Mackenzie

acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Hagerstown, MD

I am a recipient of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) 2022-2023 Dreamers and Doers Scholarship for Blood Cancer Survivors.

I was initially diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) at age 4, and after a successful two years of treatment, I went into remission. Unfortunately, at age 8, I relapsed. I am now 19 years old and a sophomore at McDaniel College. I am majoring in biology. I’m also a part of the honors program, and I play NCAA Division III Tennis.

As you can imagine, two cancer diagnoses can wipe out a family’s savings. Being awarded a Dreamers and Doers Scholarship has provided me with the opportunity to continue going to the school of my choice without worrying about finances. LLS has been an important part of my life for the last 15 years, and this scholarship is the most recent way that they have made a positive impact on my life.

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