Survivor Spotlight: Genesis Codina

Every year, we have the privilege of welcoming new scholarship recipients into the Cancer for College family. All of them work so hard to overcome cancer, and tenaciously dedicate themselves to doing their very best academically as well. We are so happy to get to know them as they begin an exciting new chapter at college.

We are already so inspired by them and could not keep them to ourselves any longer. This is the first in a series of six posts to help you get acquainted with the new 2015 perpetual scholarship recipients, who are each awarded our top scholarship for four years without the need to re-apply. Congratulations again to all of our new recipients!

Genesis Codina

UC Santa Barbara Business Thyroid Cancer Survivor

            UC Santa Barbara
      Thyroid Cancer Survivor

“A breath of fresh air.” Genesis is the kind of person you think of when you hear this phrase. But how can this be, when a cancer that was declared “easy” by her doctors is still not gone, three years after the fact? The answer is clearly due to Genesis’ selfless nature, and heartfelt desire to serve others who are similarly afflicted. Diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer when she was 15, Genesis has since endured multiple surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation. More difficult than anything was learning that this cancer had struck a “cord” most previous: her vocal cords. The singing career that Genesis has been working toward for nearly a decade was now in jeopardy thanks to cancer.

Even so, Genesis chose to fight back and give back. Genesis uses her misfortune to smile upon others, volunteering with multiple childhood cancer and environmental relief organizations. Leadership in these areas has sparked her interest in business, which she is now formally studying at UC Santa Barbara with the intention to “start an organization to help support underprivileged families and kids going through what I went through because sometimes a little bit of support can make all the difference in the life of someone dealing with a deadly disease.” And don’t worry, even with such a full life ahead of her, Genesis has not given up on singing.


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