Where are they now?

For nearly 20 years, Cancer for College has been making the dream of a college education come true by providing college scholarships.  While many of our scholarship recipients move on with their lives, achieve their goals and start their families, some stay connected to our organization.  They come back year after year to meet the new recipients, share their stories and provide hope to a whole new generation of survivors.

If there is a particular scholarship recipient that you met at one of our events, and you would like to find out how they are doing today, please send us a note by clicking here. If you are a survivor and you would like to chat with one of our past recipients who might have faced a similar cancer battle as you or is in a field of study that interests you, please click here and we will do our best to connect you.

Here are some life updates from some of our recipients:
 
Galet Bolanos – 2010 Scholarship winner

Cancer Diagnosis: Brain cancer

School attended and graduation year: Colorado State University (2013) 

Degree earned: Communication Studies 

What are you currently doing/Plans for future: Grad school in Fall 2013 for higher education/student affairs

Christine Pechera – 2009 Scholarship Recipient

Cancer Diagnosis: Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

School attended and graduation year: Pepperdine University (2011)

Degree earned: MFA (working on thesis) 

What are you currently doing/Plans for future: TV writing apprentice on the TV show Sleepy Hollow

Andrew D. Sternlight - 2009 Scholarship Recipient
Cancer Diagnosis and Year/Age: Embryonal Cell Carcinoma, diagnosed in 2006 (Age 22)
School Attended and Graduation Year: Yale Law School and Harvard Business School (2014)
Degree Earned: JD/MBA (still in progress)
What you are currently doing/Plans for the Future: I am still co-directing Higher Edge Scholars, the educational mentorship and advocacy nonprofit I co-created with friends during college. We're hunting for institutional grants and designing other profit centers to make the organization more sustainably self-sufficient amidst a tough economy. I'm also collaborating on a new startup venture that will provide an online platform where patients may be treated remotely for certain medical specialties, without having to schedule a costly and long-awaited office visit. Cancer for College helped me afford some remarkable educational opportunities; with its inspiration, I hope to pursue a career as a social entrepreneur.
 
Tenisha Burr - 2008 Scholarship Recipient
Cancer Diagnosis and Year/Age: Wilms tumor, 1995 (age 5)
School Attended and Graduation Year: Fresno Pacific University, 2012
Degree Earned: Bachelor's of Arts in liberal studies with a minor in english literature
What you are currently doing/Plans for the Future: I am currently working at a swim school teaching swim lessons full time and plan to attend Fresno Pacific's teacher credential program in fall of 2012! I will also be getting married this November :)

Arman Nobari - 2008 Scholarship Recipient
Cancer Diagnosis and Year/Age: Burkitt Lymphoma, Age 14
School Attended and Graduation Year: Cal State Sacramento, 2013
Degree Earned: Will graduate with a degree in Media Communications
What you are currently doing/Plans for the Future: I am currently the in-house designer at Aerojet and hoping to open my own design firm after graduation. I recently patented my first invention; a self-contained water purifier that uses no filters, chemicals or energy. I'm currently trying to find VC support in finding a producer, getting it made, and bringing it to those in the world without access to clean water, and for use in disaster situations.

Tiffany Chhan - 2008 Scholarship Recipient
Cancer Diagnosis and Year/Age: Hodgkin's Lymphoma at 16 and a recurrence at 17
School Attended and Graduation Year: UC San Diego, graduated June 2012
Degree Earned: BS in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution
What you are currently doing/Plans for the Future: I am doing an EMT course over the summer and volunteering as a youth facilitator with the American Cancer Society. I am currently looking for a job or internship with zoos and aquariums.

Luke Weaver – 2008 Scholarship winner

Cancer Diagnosis: Leukemia

School attended and graduation year: Quincy University

Degree earned: BS in Biological Sciences with minors in Chemistry and Theatre Performance 

What are you currently doing/Plans for future: Second year medical student
 
Ashley Eakin - 2007 Scholarship Recipient
Cancer Diagnosis and Year/Age: Ovarian Cancer, 18 years old
School Attended and Graduation Year: San Diego State University 2009
Degree Earned: Degree in Journalism and Minor is Film, TV and New Media
What you are currently doing/Plans for the Future: Now working in writer's office assistant for TV Drama "The Night Shift” 

Megan Marie Barbosa (Hickey) - 2006 Scholarship Recipient
Cancer Diagnosis and Year/Age: Rhabdomyosarcoma of the Bladder, diagnosed in 1987 at age 18 months
School Attended and Graduation Year: San Diego State University 2008 and University of San Diego 2010
Degree Earned: Bachelor's of Science in Health Science/Public Heath and Master's of Science in Nursing
What you are currently doing/Plans for the Future: Currently I work as a registered nurse at Rady Children's Hospital of San Diego in the Hematology/Oncology Outpatient Unit. I am the Program Director for a summer camp for cancer patients and I am a co-director of the teen support group through the hospital for cancer patients and their siblings. I am really enjoying life with my husband as we enter into our second year of marriage with the hopes of children in the future. I would also like to travel and complete my specialized nursing certifications in the years to come.
 

Eric Georges - 2008 Scholarship Recipient
Cancer Diagnosis and Year/Age: Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, stage II: 11/2004-4/2005, age 16
School Attended and Graduation Year: California State University, Chico - graduated in May, 2012
Degree Earned: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management
What you are currently doing/Plans for the Future: I currently work as a property manager for a 32-unit student apartment complex in Chico. I plan on starting my own property management company.

Brian Gingras - 2007 Scholarship Recipient
Diagnosis and Year/Age: Above the Knee Amputation, 2004
School Attended and Graduation Year: Cal State University San Marcos ('07) and University of St. Augustine ('10)
Degree Earned: BS in Kinesiology, 2007 and Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy, 2010
What you are currently doing/Plans for the Future: I currently work as a Physical Therapist for Rehab UNited Physical Therapy, a local outpatient orthopedic clinic. Working with such amazing athletes has pursuaded me to compete in a few triathlons, which I now love. I am grateful for all that Cancer for College has done for me!

Niles Cook - 2007 Scholarship Recipient
Cancer Diagnosis and Year/Age: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, age 18
School Attended and Graduation Year: Whittier College, undergraduate degree 2009
What you are currently doing/Plans for the Future: I'm in my fourth of fives years in a Doctoral Program for Psychology. My plans are to work with adolescents in both individual and family in an outpatient setting once I become a psychologist. CFC has helped me very much in my journey and I am always happy to give back.


Courtney Jundt - 2008 Scholarship Recipient
Cancer Diagnosis and Year/Age: Brain Cancer, 1998 at seven years old
School Attended and Graduation Year: Cal State Monterey Bay, 2013
Degree Earned: Bachelor of Arts
What you are currently doing/Plans for the Future: I'm applying to grad schools to continue my education with a Master's or PHD.


Brad Connors - 2009 Scholarship Recipient
Cancer Diagnosis and Year/Age: Leukemia, 1995 and Crohns Disease, 2009
School Attended and Graduation Year: UC Santa Barbara, 2013
Degree Earned: Bachelor of Arts in Economics
What you are currently doing/Plans for the Future: I'm an intern at Colliers International: South Bay, Los Angeles Office. My plan for the future is to become a commercial real estate broker, specializing in industrial properties.


Agi Whittaker - 2000 Scholarship Recipient
Cancer Diagnosis and Year/Age: ALL Leukemia
School Attended and Graduation Year: UC San Diego, 2002 and Cal State University San Marcos, 2008
Degree Earned: UCSD - BS in Biology, CSUSM - MBA
What you are currently doing/Plans for the Future: Recently married and working as an Account Manager at Biomerieux.


Kelly Purcell - 2005 Scholarship Recipient
Cancer Diagnosis and Year/Age: Rhabdomyosarcoma, 2002 at age 14
School Attended and Graduation Year: University of the Pacific, 2009
Degree Earned: BA in Communication, Public Relations
What you are currently doing/Plans for the Future: Working full-time for Cancer for College since 2009.


Christine Pechera - 2009 Scholarship Recipient
Cancer Diagnosis and Year/Age: Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma, 2002
School Attended and Graduation Year: Pepperdine University, 2013
Degree Earned: Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting
What you are currently doing/Plans for the Future: Recently engaged and finishing my MFA at Pepperdine.


Ben Teller - 2010 Scholarship Recipient
Cancer Diagnosis and Year/Age: Hodgkin's Lymphoma, 2007
School Attended and Graduation Year: UC Irvine, 2012
Degree Earned: Business Economics
What you are currently doing/Plans for the Future: Founder of "Cuck Fancer", a nonprofit organization which helps young adults diagnosed with cancer.


Gary Anderson - 1998 Scholarship Recipient
Cancer Diagnosis and Year/Age: Leukeima
School Attended and Graduation Year: UC Santa Barbara, 2001
Degree Earned: Business Economics with an emphasis in Accounting
What you are currently doing/Plans for the Future: Working for Global Tour Golf for the past seven years in Accounting and Operations. Gary also runs marathons in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


Kelli Vigorito - 2009 Scholarship Recipient
Cancer Diagnosis and Year/Age: Hodgkin's Lymphoma, 2007
School Attended and Graduation Year: Cal State San Bernardino, 2012
Degree Earned: Nutrition and Food Science
What you are currently doing/Plans for the Future: Currently working at Inland Valley Medical Center as a diet clerk and will be applying for Registered Dietitian internships.
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