I was diagnosed during COVID, right after finished my first semester of my freshman year at college. Starting chemotherapy, alone, on my 19th birthday was devastating. During treatment, everyone from The Valerie Fund Center came to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ and gave me a cupcake. This small gesture lifted my spirit so much, and is a memory I will always treasure from my Valerie Fund experience.
Two weeks after my diagnosis, my femur broke and I was wheelchair bound for 4-6 months. During this time, the social workers helped my family make sure we had everything we needed – getting a ramp installed and a hospital bed, among other things. The Education Liaison, Caitlin was extremely helpful in assisting me in taking my leave of absence in college. Caitlin was absolutely amazing, and made the whole process completely seamless, and she still continues to help me from time to time.
I plan on going to medical school to become a pediatric oncologist.