In 2012, at age 14, Lindsey was diagnosed with cancer just days before the start of high school. Concerned with starting at a new school given her diagnosis and expected chemotherapy, Lindsey and her family made the difficult decision for her to be home schooled to focus on her health, strength and coursework.
Knowing she would not be able to get dressed and style her hair for her own first day, Lindsey assisted her younger sister Ashley in getting ready for her first day of 2nd grade. Her family being deeply important to her, is always at the forefront of her mind.
During her treatment, a social worker introduced Lindsey to Make-A-Wish. She knew right away that whatever she chose, she wanted to share it with her family.
Ultimately, Lindsey wished to travel to Hawaii where she could zip-line in the forests, swim with dolphins, and attend a luau. Planning the wish brought brightness to Lindsey’s life that was being dominated by exhausting chemotherapy and worry.
“The idea of having a wish and going to a paradise like no other immediately gave me the hope and courage I had been missing,” said Lindsey during a remarks at a Make-A-Wish fundraiser last year.
After four months of chemotherapy, Lindsey was officially cancer free, which meant she could build up her strength to go back to school and look forward to her upcoming Hawaiian adventure.
Even though Lindsey’s wish was granted several years ago, her relationship with Make-A-Wish hasn’t ended. The lasting impact of her wish has inspired her to be active in the Wish Alumni program, helping to reach even more children with critical illnesses. As a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Lindsey has been vice president of a campus club, WishMakers on Campus that is dedicated to raising money for Make-A-Wish.
Although college students don’t have much money, they do have the time to give for the cause and that’s exactly what Lindsey has done with her time on campus. She knows that when she graduates in May with her degree in interdisciplinary health sciences, she will continue her passion for helping others find hope and strength the same way she found her strength to push forward.