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Recipient Profile - Casey

 2013 Recipient - CASEY
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College of Enrollment:
University of the Sciences in
Philadelphia (USciences)
Mountain Top, Pennsylvania
Projected Graduation
Semester and Year:
Spring 2017
Current age and age upon graduation:
23, 26
Live music! I would go to a concert
everyday if I could. I also love to be active.
I enjoy snowboarding, weight lifting and I
will join in just about any intramural sport.
Hero Powers:
My biggest strength is my positive attitude. I try to keep my head held high through every challenge life throws my way. I believe surviving leukemia and a bone marrow transplant and going right back to school to obtain my PhD show my determination.
Animals are a big weakness of mine. I want to adopt every animal I see on the ASPCA commercials. Honestly, the ads make me cry every time!
Where do you see yourself 5 years after graduation:
Five years after this graduation I should be graduating with my PhD specializing in genetics research. Hopefully I will have already been a part of some groundbreaking research and I will be on the brink of a major discovery!

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Top 3 life goals (places you’d like to visit, things you want to do, etc):
  1. Hike the entire Appalachian Trail
  2. Backpack through Europe
  3. Be a part of Doctors Without Borders
Biggest Take-away(s) from your cancer experience:
I gained a whole new perspective on life after facing my own mortality at 21. I learned to appreciate every day, good or bad. I try to fill my days with love and laughter and chase my dreams. I used to let the fear of failure hold me back from reaching my potential. Now I am willing to go for it despite how scared I might be.
Advice for other young adult cancer survivors:
There is life after cancer! I live with the fear of reoccurrence like many other survivors, but rather than let that fear cripple you, use it as motivation to make every day count. The strength that you used to fight cancer can be applied to any situation in your life. You have courage many young adults don’t have, use it!