Cancer for college is the charity that I founded more than 20 years ago. I wanted to give back to my fellow cancer survivors with the hope they would have the same joy I had by earning a college degree.
I've been involved with Cancer for College for nearly 10 years now. The work they do to help cancer survivors realize their dream of a college education is inspiring. So many families are destroyed financially by cancer leaving few financial resources for things like college. This group helps make those dreams a reality. So proud to support their mission.
I am a recipient of a Cancer for College scholarship. I cannot put into words how much this organization has meant to me (and my family). Cancer for College does so much more than simply giving cancer survivors a few thousand dollars to help pay for college. CFC recognizes and celebrates the life and accomplishments of those who have been dealt a difficult hand and prospered despite all of the difficulties. I have seen CFC find jobs for scholarship recipients, provide opportunities that would have never been available otherwise, and so much more. Craig, the organization's founder, is one of the most pure-hearted people I have ever met. Having gone through cancer twice at a young age, he understands the struggle that only so few can. Helping cancer survivors is his life's passion, and it shows. I could not be more grateful for this organization. Thank you, Cancer for College.
Review from Guidestar
On August 27, 2009, my beautiful, bright, talented 24 year old daughter called to tell me her doc had just discovered a very large, aggressive tumor in her colon. The next day we learned that the tumor was indeed malignant. Anxiety, surgery, anxiety, pain, anxiety, chemo, anxiety, neuropathy, anxiety, and then acceptance and change. Cancer changes those who are its victims and those who love them. My daughter used her experience as a catalyst to look at life with new eyes. At just the right time, she found Cancer for College and was awarded a scholarship to help her finance a masters degree in public administration with a concentration in nonprofits. Through this organization she met so many others who were also trying to find the light at the end of the tunnel. She received affirmation that she was not alone and that many others cared and wanted to be helpers. Her new mission became looking for ways to support people who find themselves faced with cancer. She's done that through both volunteering and working with nonprofits. I am so proud of her! Cancer for College gives young cancer victims more than money to support their academic and career goals. Cancer for College celebrates the efforts of students and acknowledges their struggle. I am so thankful for this organization and what it has meant to my daughter, our family, and so many others.
Review from Guidestar
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!
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.
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!
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.