Scholarships offered to students affected with breast cancer
Sep 16, 2011
Susan G. Komen for the Cure is providing scholarships to students who aspire to go to college but have been affected with breast cancer in such a way that it does not seem possible, according to the South Brunswick Patch.
The scholarship gives students $10,000 a year, and the recipients are chosen based on academics, community service and financial need, according to the media outlet.
"Losing a parent to breast cancer is devastating in so many ways," Lisa Gallipoli, executive director of the local affilate, told the news source. "Nothing can fill the void, but one thing we can do is assist students in beginning or continuing a college career. This scholarship program is a way to help students overcome obstacles related to breast cancer and realize their dreams of getting a college degree."
According to the American Cancer Society, this disease is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer. However, the death rate in the U.S. has been decreasing since 1990 due to advancements in research and breakthrough breast cancer news. There are currently 2.5 million survivors of the disease in the U.S.