Discus Award Winner
12th Grade, IL
On June 24th, 2008, my world turned upside down as I was just diagnosed with a rare life threatening disease called Severe Aplastic Anemia. Within weeks I had under gone seven bone marrow biopsies, was admitted into the hospital for a minimum stay of two months in reverse isolation, underwent chemotherapy treatments and then had a life saving bone marrow transplant donated by my sister. Through all of this, I maintained a 3.86 GPA while being home schooled. I was one of three in a million people who contract this life threatening disease and am proud to say I have decided to go into nursing to help others with their treatments. I am deciding whether to go into oncology or pediatric nursing. I was given a second chance at life and I do not want to waste one precious minute.
After two months, I was finally released from the hospital, I had to wear a mask to prevent my immune system from being compromised. I decided I needed to do something for the children of my hospital so I went to Toys R Us (mask and all) and purchased $600 worth of toys and gave them all in time for Christmas to help put smiles on the patients faces. I also give back to my community by giving money to 3 charities who helped me. I also volunteered hours for the Race for the Cure, Walk for Wishes, I am a youth group leader at my church,tutor Spanish students and was a camp counselor at Camp Rainbow(camp for children with cancer and other blood related disorders) for the last 2 years. This camp lasts for one week where we are responsible for the happiness and welfare 24.7 for one camper.
My high school days did not begin like most freshman as I was home bound with a life threatening illness. I was supplied with a home bound tutor who came once a week for 4 hours. Self study and homework took on a whole new meaning. I persevered and maintained a 3.86 my freshman year and never looked back. I made the dean's list each semester, was selected for the Saturday's Scholar program, was elected into both the National Honor Society as well as the Spanish National Honor Society, I was nominated for the Golden Paw Award my senior year as well as nominated for Student of the Month for October. I was chosen to tutor Spanish II students since as a junior I had the highest GPA . I have been a scholar athlete for the last 2 years. My current GPA is 4.06 and I am taking 3 honors classes.