Friday, May 13, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
There are very few times in a person's life more traumatic than the day they hear the words: "You have cancer." In an instant, their lives turn upside down and they are faced with a myriad of decisions, questions and fears.
Now imagine hearing those words and being a young child whose only concerns should be too much homework or when they can play with their friends.
For those young people who have gone through the trauma of a cancer diagnosis, the American Cancer Society has developed a program that will take some of the concern from their shoulders as they approach the college years. The Society's Cancer Survivor College Scholarship Program is designed to help students who have been diagnosed with cancer pay for part of their tuition.
The Cancer Survivor College Scholarship Program is designed to provide financial assistance for young cancer survivors as they pursue their post secondary education. The possible lifetime award is up to $10,000 per student, offered in increments of $2,500 per academic year. Applications from qualified New Mexico students are being accepted now through Feb. 25, 2011. Applications packets can be obtained by calling 866-500-3272 or 1-800-ACS-2345.
The scholarships may be used for enrollment and attendance tuition, fees, and books required for course instruction at an accredited college, university, community college, or vocational/technical school.
To be eligible to apply for the scholarships, the students must be cancer survivors diagnosed before the age of 21 and be age 25 or younger at the time of submitting the application, graduating from high school and/or continuing college in the upcoming school year, a U.S. citizen and resident of New Mexico, have a 2.5 GPA, and will be a full time student. If selected to receive a scholarship, the money will be awarded in May, 2011. Past scholarship winners need to reapply for the scholarship each year.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
The 2010 Bark For Life of Albuquerque was held Saturday, August 21, at Jerry Cline Park near I-40 and Louisiana. Bark For Life is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer.
Tasha Serna-Gallegos, a multi-year winner of the Society's Young Cancer Survivor College Scholarship addressed the crowd with her dog Duke. Tasha a leukemia cancer survivor credits Duke with helping her through the diagnosis and treatment. Some canine cancer survivors also joined the event as well.
Christie Anderson, former Society staffer and one of the people who helped put together the initial Bark For Life before retiring, was the top individual fundraiser this year. Some great sponsors also helped make the event a success such as: VCA Animal Hospitals, University of Phoenix, Canine Country Club & Feline Inn, Clark's Pet Emporium, Camp Bow Wow, Tony Lynn's Caring Paws Doggie Day Care, and Three Dog Bakery. Media sponsors 100.3 The Peak and Lite 95.1 of Clear Channel Radio helped get the word out and a small group of volunteers added some final touches to make the event a "howling" success.