Annie – West Coast and National Parks
“I’m a 23 y/o Physician Assistant Studies graduate student who was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma approximately 3 months ago. Being a college student, funds were getting tight toward the end of this past spring semester (our program does not allow for a job during the semester), so I was counting on my summer job to allow me to save up some money to travel during the second half of the summer. During finals week however, severe pain brought me to a podiatrist who ultimately discovered my cancer. The first month of summer I spent hopping from appointment to appointment in a distant city and the months to follow have been eaten up in radiation and exhaustion. I’m still undergoing treatment. I wasn’t able to do many fun things this summer because of money. I’m hoping that the Nikolas Ritschel Foundation can help inject a little reprieve & fun into my life! Throughout this journey, my boyfriend has sacrificed so much time to take care of me, he even made it to every single one of my radiation treatments. We’ve found ourselves spending a ton of time outside. Being outside in the sun and feeling the wind on my face has been an important form of therapy for me… It makes me feel alive. With this wish, I’d love to be able to take a West Coast road trip with him and hit as many National Parks as we can: Zion, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Lassen Volcanic, Crater Lake, Mount Rainier, Glacier, Yellowstone, etc. My dream would be to camp in or around all of these beautiful parks. Reconnecting with nature fills my soul more than city lights ever could.
Thank you for considering me, Annie”