My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Cancer for College, Vista, CA, USA
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!
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