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Going to college and university is often a milestone for young adults but for pediatric brain tumour survivors, sometimes post-secondary school can be out of reach.
Not only can there be the difficulties that come with late effects like epilepsy, physical disabilities or learning challenges, but finances may also be strained due to treatments and recovery. Today, because of the generosity of several donors, there is a special funding program dedicated to this unique group of survivors.
“This award will have a tremendous impact on my educational pursuits. My personal goal is to graduate with a diploma in PR and eventually with a degree in PR and Communications.
I hope to work for a not-for-profit as it’s been a goal of mine ever since my cancer journey. Seeing what people who work at these organizations can accomplish has driven me to give back to all those who have inspired, helped and supported me along the way.”
Brandon Pearsell (Whitby, ON)
Pursuing a diploma in Motive Power Technician – Service & Management
Diagnosed with medulloblastoma at the age of 4
Generously funded by the Shayam Kaushal Foundation in Memory of Khaldoun Ayoub
“It’s been a long time since I first discovered what I wanted to do with my life. My mom left her job to take care of me, and my parents had to use the money saved for my schooling for expenses during my treatments.
With this award, I will be able to finally live my dream. This award will help me move forward in my life.”
Janica Pickard (Fredericton, NB)
Pursuing a Bachelor of Arts – Psychology
Diagnosed with a pilocytic astrocytoma at the age of 14
Generously funded by Selectpath Benefits and Financial
“Being diagnosed with a brain tumour has had a huge impact on my life, and my journey has been filled with ups and downs. But what has helped me through is a quote by Viviane Green: ‘Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.’ This generous award will help me continue ‘dancing’ into university life with pride, confidence and determination. It means that some of the financial burden is lifted and I can focus on my dream. It means that others believe in me and that my diagnosis will not stand in the way. Being granted this award will simply be the big umbrella that will stop the storms from taking my dreams away!”
Generously funded by Ann Underhill and Dee Pauletig
“Being a cancer survivor has really affected me in many profound ways. I have learned to focus on what’s important in life – helping others – as well as living life to the fullest every day.
This award will reduce my stress throughout university, so I can focus on my learning instead of school debt. I am very excited to make my own way in the world and continuing to make it a better place throughout my life.”
Danielle Swant (Cobden, ON)
Pursuing a diploma in Practical Nursing
Diagnosed with a PNET brain tumour at the age of 2
Generously funded in memory of Dorothy Hughes
“Although I was very young [when diagnosed], the memories are very vivid and I continue, still today, to have many health and learning challenges as a direct result of the treatments.
As a brain tumour survivor, this award means the world to me. It will give me the chance to give back to the profession that impacted and improved my life so much – pediatric nursing. I really believe that it is the support we receive while on our journey that eases the struggles we as childhood cancer survivors face.”
Survivors of a pediatric brain tumour (diagnosed with a brain tumour before the age of 18), between the ages of 16 and 25, who are pursuing post-secondary education are eligible for this unique Brain Tumour Youth Education Award opportunity. These awards were offered for the first time in 2013.
The aim of the program is to help young brain tumour survivors achieve their dreams through post-secondary education.
The awards are open to students who will be enrolled full-time in a publicly funded Canadian university or college. Students are eligible if they are in their graduating year of High School or CEGEP students, or are currently enrolled full-time in a recognized publicly funded Canadian university or college and planning to continue their full-time undergraduate studies.
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