It’s time to meet another one of our fantastic 2015 perpetual scholarship recipients. Join us in congratulating the ever-so-talented Lily Newton!
Few people have the gall to face a cancer diagnosis better than Lily. Upon discovering that, at 14 years old, she had Ewing’s Sarcoma she decided to never be defined or described by her illness. This resolve served her through a tumultuous year of treatment, being buffeted back and forth between a world of adults and medicine and high school gossip and school projects. Lily beat cancer, though, with the help of friends, family, and doctors alike.
Lily told us that, “Any traits or features that defined me were so new and delicate that it’s impossible to say whether or not I’d still have them today, regardless of my illness.” However, her illness afforded her the chance, through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, to observe and interact with Peter Jackson and the rest of the crew on the set of The Hobbit. Since that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Lily has begun creating her own films and is now attending one of the best film schools in the nation. You heard it here first: Lily Newton will be a household name in film and television!