CANCER FOR COLLEGE

Rating: 5 stars   4 reviews

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Location: 981 Park Center Drive Vista CA 92081 USA

Mission: To provide hope and inspiration to cancer survivors by providing financial aid in the form of college scholarships.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was invited to volunteer at my first Cancer for College fundraising event almost 2 years ago. I can not begin to express how honored I am to have had the opportunity to lend a hand to the amazing people who are giving so much to young people fighting for their lives through their battle with cancer. Everyone involved with Cancer for College is kind, caring, and has the biggest heart. All of the events they put on are nothing less that fabulous and their scholarship recipients are inspirational. I will gladly continue to support this wonderful charity as long as they will have me back!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first heard about Cancer for College when my sister, Ashley was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer for the second time. I was a senior in high school getting ready to graduate when my family received the devastating news that Ashley's cancer had returned. Luckily the cancer did not spread so chemotherapy was not needed. Due to the immediate need to remove her tumor, Ashley was unable to attend my high school graduation. Being only two years apart in age, we are very close so this event was very difficult for her to miss. While recovering from the cancer Ashley received the letter from CFC awarding her a perpetual $4,000. This letter could not have come at a better time. Just when I thought nothing could make Ashley feel better, I was proved wrong. Receiving this scholarship put such joy in her eyes and helped her mentally recover so much faster. Since Ashley received this scholarship I have become a huge supporter of CFC. I try to volunteer for as many events as I can. They are always so much fun, I have even had friends ask if they could come volunteer with me. Also, I could not rave more about Craig, Stacy, Greg, and all the other staff at CFC. They are some of the most down to earth, kind-hearted people I have ever met. Not only am I thankful for what CFC has done for my sister, but this organization has also helped me find my passion. I have always wanted to be a nurse, but at first I did not know what specialty I wanted to go into. Through not only knowing Ashley's experience but hearing all of the other CFC scholarship recipients stories of battling cancer, I have chosen to specialize in oncology. I will be graduating from nursing school in May with the goal of becoming a pediatric oncology nurse. Thank you Cancer for College for helping me find my dream.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

There are not enough good things to say about this scholarship program. I was originally diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in 2005 (my senior year of high school). I had one of my ovaries removed right before graduation and recovered surprisingly fast enough to actually be able to walk and receive my diploma. According to my doctors, with my circumstance everything was supposed to go back to normal and the chances of any reoccurrence were very slim. For 2 years, they were right. I did an adventurous move from Nebraska to California to attend Sand Diego State and College was amazing, life seemed too good to be true. In 2007, my sophomore year of college, I started having symptoms that were far too similar. Deep down I knew something wasn't right. Sure enough, I had another tumor the size of a cantaloupe attached to my remaining ovary. I was devastated, I knew having this ovary removed would mean I could never have my own biological children. During this period, my Mom actually found the Cancer For College website and advised me to apply. It was a very ironic thing to fill out the application and essay as you are literally battling the cancer and not knowing what the future holds for you. Luckily, the removal surgery was a success and the cancer didn't spread to any other parts of my body. As I was in the recovery process, I received a call from Stacey Pollard letting me know that I had won the perpetual $4,000 scholarship! It honestly couldn't have came at a better time--as I was struggling with recovery, CFC was out there were giving me money to further my education in the belief that I could succeed and do something great with the world. It was the best encouragement a recovering cancer survivor could receive. Not only is cancer expensive and we truly need it, Cancer survivors are a special breed of people that know the reality of life and death situations. We don't take things for granted. We see things in a bigger picture and realize we are here to add something special to this world. The founder, Craig Pollard (having experienced his own battle with cancer) truly understands this. CFC knows that although the future of our health may be more unpredictable than some, what we do with our time while we're here will be something greater than just ordinary. It is a very good investment in my book. Every single person involved in this organization is very supportive, loving, kind and not to mention FUN! I love volunteering for CFC events because it is actually a really enjoyable experience. Will Ferrell is a huge CFC advocate and will even attend some of the events. He is not only hilarious, but the most down-to-earth person I've ever met. Right now, life for me is great! I work for a TV/Film production company working my way up the ladder. I will forever be thankful to this organization for encouraging me to succeed to reach my dreams and hopefully, one day give back in a big way!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Cancer for College granted me a $4,000 perpetual scholarship (a total of $16,000) in 2005 when I was starting my freshman year of college at University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. I was diagnosed with cancer in 2002 when I was 15 years old. At that time, my plans for the future were put on hold as I endured a year of chemotherapy and radiation treatments to save my life. By the time I graduated from high school, I was cancer free and had maintained a 3.9 GPA in spite of my year in the hospital. I was excited to begin the next chapter of my young adult life. After beating cancer, I thought nothing could possibly keep me from accomplishing my goals. Unfortunately, a new obstacle now threatened my plans. My family's savings had been wiped out with the co-pays for medications, scans, appointments and constant travel to the hospital. I was thrilled to find Cancer for College while searching for scholarships and could not have imagined the impact this organization would have on my life. Because of the financial aid I received from Cancer for College, I was able to afford the college experience for which I had worked so hard. I'm honored to know Craig and Stacy Pollard and to be a Cancer for College scholarship recipient.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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