..135 Days Until Race Day
Here’s a feel good story.
This lovely lady is Danielle.
She was one of our first 3 Snowdrop Foundation Scholarship recipients in 2006, and since we are all on Cloud 9 from our $10,000 check from Reliant Energy ® that will go for more college scholarships, I thought I’d dedicate today’s run to her.
Now, obviously from the photo, Danielle is no longer a kid. No, in fact, at the ripe ol’ age of 28, Danielle is a 25 YEAR cancer SURVIVOR, having beaten her Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia diagnosis from age 3.
Danielle tells her story much more eloquently than I could:
“Growing up, I always knew that I was a cancer survivor, but it wasn’t until I was older that I fully grasped what that meant. When I was 3 years old, I went through 2.5 years of chemotherapy before I was announced cancer free.
I went on to live a normal childhood with no side effects, but there is something that happens when a person has cancer that is hard to explain.
In high school, I had a health scare where I was hospitalized several times. I can remember saying the word “cancer” as my history and seeing the doctors and nurses’ reactions.
For many years, I feared my past and what I had gone through as well as what my family had endured throughout the treatment process. I did not want to know details of what it was or what I had been through.
I went to my yearly check-ups at Texas Children’s Cancer Center and then sat with a counselor as part of the visit. One year was different though. I was a junior in high school and I was about to start applying for colleges. The counselor at Texas Children’s Hospital gave me several scholarship applications to fill out. She said that as a cancer survivor I had access to special college scholarships.
I remember one application stuck out to me significantly…it was Snowdrop Foundation. I applied right away and soon got a call saying that I had been selected to receive a scholarship!
It was through Snowdrop and then my decision to become a registered nurse that I, in a way, fell in love with my past and who it made me.
Leukemia played a big part of my life. It inspired me to become a nurse and help people going through their own health battles. Today, I work at Houston Methodist Hospital as a float nurse. I have been married for 5 ½ years and I have two children, Seth (3) and Aubrey (1). I am thankful for what I have been through and who it has made me.”
Today’s run was 60-90 minutes at aerobic pace. It gave me time to reflect on today and how far we’ve come as an organization since we awarded our first 3 scholarships 10 years ago
Who will you meet tomorrow?