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The #Path2Cures Takes One Cancer Fighter on an Unexpected Journey


12.17.16

VA Teen: “I want to help people, be with people, and make a difference in people’s lives.”


WASHINGTON, DC – In a raw and powerful video, Stephanie Salinas reads the essay she submitted for a college scholarship – and won.

Stephanie, a high school student in Virginia, tells the story of her cancer diagnosis. “My life had to be put on hold,” she explained. But it was in this diagnosis that she began to chart a new path forward.

“Cancer has cost me physical pain, emotional turmoil, psychological breakdowns, and has ultimately saved my life,” Stephanie said. “I never would have dreamt a life-threatening disease would save – rather than destroy – my life.”

Stephanie said it was during her diagnosis that she began to fully cherish and appreciate relationships with her family and friends, and that she was inspired by the dozens of nurses that helped care for her. So much so that Stephanie is planning to study to become a nurse practitioner when she attends the University of Virginia.

“I want to help people, be with people, and make a difference in people’s lives,” Stephanie says.

The #Path2Cures is all about hope – for new cures and treatments and for bettering those around us.

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