Survivor Spotlight: Patrick Nissan

We truly never get tired of bragging on our awesome recipients, and this is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg of their accomplishments! Here is Patrick Nissan, one more of our 2015 perpetual scholarship recipients.

Patrick Nissan UC Santa Barbara Molecular Biology Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor

                        Patrick Nissan
                     UC Santa Barbara
                      Molecular Biology
      Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor

From the beginning, Patrick refused to let cancer negatively influence his life. Even as an 11-year-old with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma he recognized that cancer impacts families, not just individuals. As such, he took it upon himself to be strong for them during his treatment. His strength endured after he was declared cancer free, and he became very active in school and medicine. Even though he played tennis and participated in academic trivia club throughout high school, he found time to volunteer at the hospital ICU for two years, taking lab specimens to the lab and retrieving them from the blood bank.

Treatment involves more than just medicine, though. Patrick made it a point to interact with patients in the ICU, empathizing with them and letting them know that they are not alone. The people he comes in contact with are bettered not just by Patrick’s work ethic, but also by his genuine care and positivity. He hopes to continue the path he is on, and even go full circle, eventually returning to the medical field to “be a part of a team that improves the prognosis of a cancer diagnosis” at the same hospital that gave him his life back.


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