Nearing the end of treatment, student walked for others
When University of Delaware student Jessica Cantwell heard about the fund- and awareness raising program Walk Away From Cancer last September, she says it was only natural for her to participate. “I’m affected by cancer myself, I’m being treated for leukemia, so of course I wanted to join in.”
Although she has missed some campus time due to treatments, Jessica feels lucky to be in school, to have a supportive family and all the resources of her cancer center near her home in Wayne, NJ. “I’m glad to help people who can’t be in school or don’t have the kind of support I have,” Jessica says.
As part of her involvement, Jessica spent a few hours in Cancer Care Connection’s office and saw the work of our Cancer Resource Coaches®. “So many people affected by cancer need that support, information, resources and a good listener, it’s a great program,” Jessica says.
For her career, Jessica says she definitely wants to continue to help people affected by cancer and is majoring in dietetics. “I hope to guide and teach patients about nutrition, protein, supplements and good food choices that can help during their treatment and I think being a cancer survivor will be a real positive.”