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Youth Education Award Recipients 2022

Amy Adams

Amy Adams (Delta, BC)

Pursuing Bachelor of Science at the University of British Columbia

Diagnosed with a Pilocytic Astrocytoma at age 11

Generously funded by R. Angus King Legacy Fund

As the recipient of the Education Award for Young Brain Tumour Survivors, I offer my gratitude in being chosen to receive this award. The funds will help contribute to my tuition in the coming semester. This award will help me focus more on my practice and learning and help reduce the debt incurred with schooling, for which I am so thankful. Additionally, this award recognizes the adversity and determination that I have fostered in an effort to create a pathway for myself in pursuing an education, that was once not a possibility.

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Bailey Edwards

Bailey Edwards (Mississauga, ON)

Studying Environmental Engineering at University of Northern British Columbia

Diagnosed with a Anaplastic Astrocytoma at age 20

Generously funded by Bruce Power

I am extremely grateful to be selected as a recipient of the Youth Education Award. Working towards an engineering degree is stressful but incredibly rewarding, and this award allows me to focus on school instead of finances. It is only through generous and amazing support that I can continue to pursue my dream and maybe even make the world a better place. This award truly changes the course of my future and I want to wish you a very heartfelt thank-you for allowing me to pursue my dream! Thank you Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada and Bruce Power.

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Caden Nurse

Caden Nurse (Middle Sackville, NS)

Pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science at Acadia University

Diagnosed with an Astrocytoma at age 16

Generously funded in honour of Susan Marshall

I would like to give a big thanks to every person involved with the Brain Tumour Foundation for selecting me to be a recipient of this incredible scholarship. Receiving this award has done way more than just relieving some financial stress off my shoulders for the next upcoming years of my life, but it has also shown me that anything is possible. It means the world to me that my hard work has finally paid off in the form of this very generous scholarship. I can now put more time and effort into perfecting my grades rather than attempting to make money in my spare time during university. Altogether, I am quite overwhelmed with gratitude to accept this award, and I will forever remember the impact it has on helping me through my years at Acadia. You can achieve anything you put your heart into, so push yourself to do it. I am so thankful to Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada for honouring Susan Marshall.

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Coen Knockaert

Coen Knockaert (Winnipeg, MB)

Pursuing the University 1 Program at the University of Manitoba

Diagnosed with a CNS Germinoma at age 12

Generously funded by Phyllis Retty

I am truly honoured to be a recipient of the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada Youth Education Award. I want to thank Phyllis Retty for the super generous donation which, will help bring my goals to reality. When I was first diagnosed, I didn’t know if I would see the day I could pursue post-secondary and my future career. I battled through 4 rounds of chemo and many radiation treatments to get here today. I am grateful and excited as I am getting ready for my first year at the University of Manitoba in pursuit of becoming a lawyer. This incredibly generous donation will help lift a financial burden and lessen my stress, so I can focus more on my education. I am so excited to begin my journey. Thank you so much to Phyllis Retty and the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. I couldn’t be more appreciative.

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Garret Oakes

Garret Oakes (Holmesville, NB)

Pursuing a Bachelor of Health at the University of New Brunswick

Diagnosed with a Ependymoma at age 2

Generously funded by the Newhouse Family

I was overjoyed upon hearing I received the 2022 Youth Education Award. To receive this award means to me that I am getting closer to achieving my future goals in education and helping others who were in my position. I am positively thrilled and am so grateful to have this opportunity thanks to the generosity of Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada and The Newhouse Family. I will strive to be the best I can be and keep my head held high.

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Illyria Volcansek

Illyria Volcansek (Hamilton, ON)

Pursuing a Bachelor of Science at the University of Guelph

Diagnosed with a CNS Germinoma at age 11

Generously funded by Andrew Campbell Youth Leadership Foundation

I am so grateful for this opportunity and everyone who helped to make it possible. Years ago when diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour, I was unsure what my university experience would look like. Receiving this award means that I will be able to enter my first year breathing easier, knowing that my financial situation is secure and I can focus on my studies in Environmental Science. I can’t wait for this next chapter of my life to begin! Thanks to Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada and Andrew Campbell Youth Leadership Foundation for making this possible.

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Dereck Lau

Dereck Lau (LaSalle, ON)

Studying Engineering at the University of Windsor

Diagnosed with a Low Grade Glioma at age 11

Generously funded by Deys Fabricating

Receiving this scholarship means the world to me and I am humbled to be selected. It allows me to focus on engineering studies without worrying about tuition and its associated costs. This scholarship will help me down the path to one day making the world a better place. I would like to thank the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada and Deys Fabrication for this fantastic opportunity.

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2022 Recipient

Anonymous (Mississauga, ON)

Studying at the Ivey Business School at Western University

Diagnosed with a Brain Tumour at age 18

Generously funded by Deys Fabricating

I am incredibly thankful for receiving the Brain Tumor Foundation award generously funded by R. Angus Legacy Fund. Having received this award relieves some financial pressure of paying for college, in turn allowing me to focus on my studies. It was always my dream to become a skilled cybersecurity professional, as this profession perfectly aligns with my passion for technology and my desire to contribute to society through online safety. Despite the obstacles I have faced and the limitations the illness has caused, I remain determined to pursue a career in the field of cybersecurity and I will strive to make a positive impact in the world and contribute to a safer digital landscape for all. Thanks to the award I will be able to achieve my career goals and fulfill my dream.

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