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Taylor McCain

Taylor has graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas,  majoring in Pre-Veterinary Studies.  Surviving cancer has created a drive and determination within Taylor to become a more productive citizen and give back to her community.  She believes with her profession that she will be able to combine her love for animals and her drive to help people.  Taylor has survived Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.  In her own words:

“Every college student has a list of attainable goals to reach. These goals are different for each person, but my goal is to become a veterinarian. Even as a child, I loved animals and have had many opportunities to be involved with animals in many different capacities. I was unsure of what I wanted to do with my life until a traumatic event happened: I was diagnosed with cancer. I was nine years old and I had Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.  This experience made me realize that I wanted to
help people as well.  As I grew older, I came to the conclusion that my love
for animals and willingness to help people could be combined as a veterinarian.  However, to become a vet I have to have one thing: a college education.

One could ask, where did I get this drive and determination?  The day I was diagnosed with cancer was the day my life changed. I was so scared and did not have any idea what was going to happen to me. My mom and I were driven to receive all the education that was available regarding my cancer.  My family and I were determined that I would survive.  With the right attitude, determination, and faith, I did survive.  The result of my struggle with cancer was absolute. I developed a mature, driven, and valued personality. I learned a valuable lesson during this time as well.  This lesson was the power of knowledge and faith.  I developed a love for reading and education. It was during this time that my devotion to animals clearly evolved. My horses helped me during my year of treatment. They were my therapy -  physically and emotionally. I became determined to share my experience with others to create a positive atmosphere. I have been able to share my experiences with others that have also been diagnosed with cancer. My story has had a positive impact on many young adults.  I value life and the joy that I receive from it.

A college education is mandatory to obtain my agenda in life.  In order to become a veterinarian, I have to receive a total of seven years of higher education.  Attending college will help me acquire knowledge useful in my field and allow me to help animals in need of medical care.  At the same time, I will be able to pass on my knowledge to the animal owner and help them make sure their pet has a long and healthy life.

My love for animals and the need to give to the world, led me to my choice of careers.  I wish to learn all that I can and hope to be prepared to go out into this world and be the best I can be at my career.  I hope to be a role model for other young adults that have survived cancer and help them to achieve their goals.  I strive to be a productive citizen in society.  A college education is essential to coming one step closer to achieving my dream of becoming a veterinarian. 

Thank you Cancer Survivors' Fund for helping me to achieve my dreams.  Your support and encouragement is truly precious to me.”

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