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lymphoma & leukemia

I was truly honored to be a recipient of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Scholarship for Blood Cancer Survivors. After fighting two different types of cancer, both forms of lymphoma and leukemia, I was unsure what my collegiate education would look like. I had to medically withdraw from my freshman year of college at Penn State University in the fall of 2018 when I received my second diagnosis. My family and I were completely devastated, but I was able to successfully undergo a bone marrow transplant and have been showing no evidence of disease (NED) for 3½ years now! I was grateful to share a piece of my story throughout the application process for this scholarship and was thrilled to hear I was one of the many recipients who are all so deserving of this award. I will be graduating from Penn State in 2023 with a Bachelor of Science in Biobehavioral Health and plan to attend Physician Assistant School to specialize in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology to give back to a community that has given so much to me. I am excited for what's to come and know I'm truly blessed to have LLS’s support throughout my future endeavors.