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  Ruth-Ann with our Director Bambi Fields

Receiving Sondra Fields Memorial Award 

 

Ruth-Ann was diagnosed with Medullary Thyroid Cancer age 17. She has graduated in 2005 with a GPA of 4.0 from the University of Texas with her degree in Journalism and Human Relations. She is working with youth groups to share her cancer related experience. In her own words: 

"What stands out about me is my ability to handle most situations that life throws at me. Although I have cancer, I never really think of it that way. I just have to go to a few more doctor’s appointments a year than most people. Because I am the oldest child of two deaf parents, I am more self-reliant and mature than many of my peers. I have seen and experienced a bit of everything out there, and I have more compassion for people with diseases, disabilities or hardships simply because I witnessed what my parents endured. I love to help when I can and brighten someone’s day; I hate feeling like I have no direction in life. I am thankful to Cancer Survivors’ Fund for helping me maintain my financial independence and making my dreams come true."

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