The goal of the Fearless Scholar Foundation is to raise funds to financially assist cancer survivors in pursuing their collegiate education. While there are various challenges that students face there is none more challenging than a student trying to move forward after battling a life-threatening disease. We hope that this scholarship is able to grant financial support to those fearless scholars.
Meet Our 2017 Fearless Scholars!
Ryan was diagnosed with cancer during her freshman year of college and was unable to return until her treatment was complete. After fighting cancer twice, Ryan returned fearlessly to Mt. San Antonio College where she earned her Associate Degree in Kinesiology. “Each new day tested me in a different way, making me stronger while reminding me it was okay to feel vulnerable and to be human. As long as I did not let any sad feelings keep me down for too long, there would always be an opportunity to learn and grow.”
During her stem cell transplant, Ryan was assigned a Recreational Therapist who helped her rebuild both her body and soul. This encouraged Ryan to become a Recreational Therapist herself. Ryan has transferred to her dream school, California State University Long Beach and just completed her junior year!! This spring she earned all A’s and is currently volunteering at the City of Hope. Ryan shared, “My overall goal is to complete my Bachelors in Recreation Therapy and become nationally certified to be a Recreation Therapist at the City of Hope. Although there are many different areas for recreational therapists to work and many different populations to work with, my heart is set on working with cancer patients. It would mean everything to me to be able to work with cancer patients every day, to be a part of their journeys and to help remind them of the silver linings that surround every cloud especially when they cannot see it for themselves. Further beyond educational goals, my dream is to start a foundation focused on providing recreation therapy to all cancers patients since it is not considered to be a “necessity” to rehabilitation therapy and is not offered at all hospitals.”
Meet the founder of The Fearless Scholar Foundation!
Hi, my name is Desiree Zuniga and I am the founder of The Fearless Scholar Foundation (FSF). The goal of the foundation is to raise funds to financially assist young cancer survivors in pursuing their collegiate education. As a college counselor, I have seen the various challenges that students face but none more than a student trying to move forward after a life-threatening disease. As a cancer survivor myself, I know the physical stressors of fighting the disease and the emotional stressors that follow long after. Pursuing personal goals can benefit a cancer survivor greatly and can set them on a positive road to recovery! I strongly believe that your donation and support to the Fearless Scholar Foundation will create a ripple effect through the young adult cancer community spreading a colorful message to never stop dreaming fearlessly. Thank you again for your support!
To learn more about our 2017 amazing scholars visit: https://fearlessscholarfoundation.com/
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