Film Committee. This year, I am dancing for my mother, Sandra, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. My mother has always been the light of my life and a far stronger woman than I could ever imagine becoming. While raising three daughters, she fought hard, helping us smile and keep going during a very difficult time. In 2015, she became cancer free, but this was only the beginning of the journey. Through the year that was my mother's cancer, I experienced a life changing revelation; I had been hurt by seeing such a horrible disease take over my household, and I never want someone I love nor any other person to experience this ever again. Thus, starting in my sophomore year of high school, I began performing breast cancer research, attempting to create my own project to find a cure. In the past five years, I worked in laboratories at Yale University (focusing on breast cancer metastasis to the brain and lungs), major pharmaceutical companies, and labs at Wake Forest all to help further the medicinal developments of curing such a horrific disease. While no exact cure has been discovered yet, this research will continue on for generations thanks do the donations made to cancer organizations. This year celebrates the 5th anniversary of my mother being cancer free and there is no better way to celebrate her achievement than through dancing in her name. Mom, you are the most incredible woman I know. Everything I am doing in life, at school, in my major, in my labs, etcetera, is all because of you and to help people who have not yet won their battles. May we fight this disease together, till the very end.
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