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Tyler Keefner

Tyler is a freshman at Carl Albert State College in Poteau, Oklahoma, majoring in Criminal Law.  Tyler's long range goals are to teach others how to solve some of society's problems by employing hands-on teaching methods.  He has survived Hodgkin's Lymphoma.  In his own words:

Challenge in life is something that I have always looked for.  When I was younger, I played numerous sports in competition.  This instilled a competitive spirit in me at an early age.  I enjoy challenges, but sometimes they have not been put forth in a good way.  Difficult challenges have tested my strengths and revealed my weaknesses.  I feel though that my character has been enhanced and strengthened in learning to overcome these challenges.  My senior year, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma and have undergone chemotherapy and radiation treatments.  I am currently in the final phases of that treatment.

This has been the biggest challenge I have ever been put through.  Although all my securities were gone, I am working hard to overcome this setback and to learn and grow from the experience.  I did not let this personal tragedy interfere with my schooling.  This event; however, will impact my way of thinking for the rest of my life.  This experience has positively affected my life in that I can now better empathize with people who have gone through difficult times.  I have also learned that through hard work and perseverance, I can get through really hard times, whatever the circumstances.

Cancer Survivors' Fund will be at Tyler's side as he pursues his goal of obtaining a good education and making his mark in society by helping others.

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