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Lindsay Bender

Sharing her Success Story

at the CSF Gala - April 2007 

Lindsay is attending Tarleton University studying Nursing. She survived Osteosarcoma. In her own words:

"I did not realize just how fortunate I was, until something tragic happened to me. I was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) at age 11. I went through numerous chemotherapy treatments numerous doctor visits; hospital stays and missed a lot of school. Part of my femur was removed and knee joint then replaced with titanium metal and plastic.

There is so much more to life that most people do not even realize.  Until I was diagnosed with cancer, I never really appreciated the simple things in life. I do not take things for granted anymore.  God helped me through this difficult time. I loved to play sports prior to being diagnosed and still love sports. I cannot run or jump for fear my leg would weaken.  I would give anything to be able to run again, but I have chosen a different path to run again. I anticipate three to four more surgeries in the future to replace the bushings (like shocks in you car, it needs maintenance as well) in my knee that were initially placed at the age of eleven. 

In 2002, I was selected to carry the Olympic Torch in the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic for being an inspirational person who showed the true spirit of giving. This is something I will cherish forever! I am thankful to be alive and able to help other who may be diagnosed with cancer.

My experience developing bone cancer and going through treatments made me realize just how fortunate I really am. Since I have been in remission, I have been involved with my church youth group, worked with the Early Childhood Development program with my school and visit sick children in the hospital with cancer. I really enjoy taking care of children and want to make a difference in their lives as my doctors did in mine.   Working in the medical field was the last thing I thought I wanted to do when I was done with my treatments. I now want to become a register pediatric nurse and take care of children with cancer. I will to attend Tarrant County College and volunteer at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth .

Through my battle with cancer, I participate in the Annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life as a survivor and participated in the Lance Armstrong Life after Cancer Program at Cook Children’s Medical Center . Thank you so much for choosing me for this scholarship. It means a lot and helps out even more.

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In Memoriam - Kim Walters

Kim Walters, 38, passed away Friday, July 7, 2006, after a lengthy illness. She directed Bridgeway Charitable Foundation from 2002 to 2006. Kim was a woman of strong faith, with a passion for making a difference in the world. She was a creative problem solver who did not know the meaning of the word “impossible.” Kim delighted in providing hope to the hopeless and in bringing people together to brainstorm solutions. Particular areas of interest were Haiti and sub-Saharan Africa.

A native of Jamaica , Kim came to the U.S. to study at the University of Houston , where she received a Master's degree in Business Administration and  J.D.

Kim had a special heart for children, their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being, and their education. She never ceased to be thankful for a professional work experience that allowed her to use her creativity and her compassion.

Kim had a special interest in CSF's mission and very supportive of our cause.  We have decided to establish a scholarship in her name to be given to a student who is very active in performing volunteer work in care of children and gifted with the true spirit if giving. Lindsay is such a person.

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