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Andrew Rock

Andrew graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Amherst, Massachusetts with a degree in Vivil Engineering. he is also planning for an M.B.A.  Andrew's cancer experience has shown him that he wants to make life better for people in society by either helping design health clinics, creating more efficient energy production, or from a nutrition/fitness aspect.  He has survived Hodgkin's Lymphoma.  In his own words:

“When I was just 11 years old, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.  I was terrified for the first few weeks because I did not know what was going to happen to me.  Luckily, the faculty and doctors at Dana Farber Cancer Institute were very friendly, which helped me much more than I realized while I went through it.  They did their best to make me feel safe and well taken care of.  I will always remember the genuine smiles that I was greeted with, and how they made my life easier through such hardships.  It was their care and warmth that arguably changed me the most throughout my cancer experience.  First of all, it made me realize how such small gestures of warmth can make enormous differences and establish bonds that will last.  I learned to try to be friendly to everyone - including new people, because anyone could need a friend to brighten their day. 

Secondly, through my life-changing experience with cancer, I realized something important about the way I want to perceive my surroundings and take advantage of the constant flow of opportunities.  When I was going through treatments for Hodgkin's Lymphoma, I was never fully aware that I would be able to overcome it.  During this time, every little inconvenience, argument or frustration that would go on around me seemed so inconsequential and unimportant.  When I finished with treatments and started getting back to "normal" life, I started to get aggravated with somewhat small issues that were within the normal course of life for any teenager.  I started to notice little nuisances were aggravating me and sometimes even consuming me.  I could not believe that I would lower myself to that level, because I was always jealous of my peers who had the luxury of worrying about those little nuisances.  So what I learned was that I want to find a way to enjoy or at least take advantage of the situations I am put in, and that I can find a way to appreciate things considered to be tedious or even annoying.

I have really enjoyed my volunteer work with the Cancer Walk.  I helped with the booths and walked to raised money.  I also tutor various students at different levels of math.  They range from geometry to calculus.  I love seeing their grades rise along with their understanding  of the material.  

I had to give some thought to exactly how my experience with cancer has affected my future plans and goals as far as my working career is concerned.  I am certain of this - I definitely would like to make life better for people in society.  I would like to either build infrastructure that could be used for health clinics, or I could design products which can be used for efficient energy savings that would benefit the world over.  Some of the ways I can envision doing so are: becoming an environmental or civil engineer, a nutritionist or personal trainer. 

I know that I will make a difference in any of the fields I choose to pursue, and I am excited to do so.  Thank you, Cancer Survivors' Fund for giving me this opportunity.  I will make you proud.  I am humbled by the greatness of your foundation's cause, and I am very thankful for this honor.

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