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Two Chester County residents are amongst 4 chosen as scholarship winners awarded to organ and tissue transplant recipients.
Chosen winners of the Jessica Beth Schwartz Memorial Scholarship had been Allison Carcella of Glenmoore and Natalie Mirage of Oxford. Additionally chosen had been Luke Schrader of Abington, and Aiden Coyne of Oreland. All obtain $10,000.
“These younger organ transplant recipients have displayed unbelievable energy and dedication all through their whole lives,” mentioned Janice Schwartz-Donahue, Jessie’s mom and scholarship co-founder. “It’s my pleasure to assist in giving them the chance to pursue increased training. I’m so grateful to have the possibility to honor my daughter and her love of studying by this scholarship yr after yr.”
Carcella’s well being challenges started with an enlarged coronary heart when she was only a few weeks outdated. She obtained a coronary heart transplant at age 11 and has taken half in a number of analysis research at Youngsters’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Her expertise at CHOP impressed her to supply consolation for different pediatric sufferers by making cozy blankets for them.
As a graduate of Downingtown East Excessive Faculty and now a scholar at Alvernia College, Carcella mentioned she needs to start out an organ donation consciousness membership. Her main is English. “I stay up for serving to younger sufferers see a future for themselves within the tales I write,” she mentioned.
Mirage obtained a kidney transplant in 2014 after being identified with an autoimmune illness at age eight. Regardless of years of sickness and bullying, she went on to letter in swimming and tennis, take part in band shade guard and succeed academically in highschool.
Mirage and her household have developed a powerful relationship together with her donor’s household.
“Assembly them helped me admire the unselfish act of affection they gave me much more,” she mentioned. Mirage is attending West Chester College.
Just some days after she was born, Jessica Beth Schwartz was identified with a congenital coronary heart defect. Her coronary heart and physique started to decelerate by the age of 14. However because of somebody who mentioned sure to organ donation, Jessica was capable of expertise eight and a half extra years of life. A complete of 69 college students have been awarded scholarships because the fund was created in 2003 in her honor totaling greater than $150,000.
To be eligible for the Jessica Beth Schwartz Memorial Scholarship, college students should be an organ or tissue transplant recipient underneath the age of 25, seniors in highschool, or be enrolled in a two or four-year school, college, commerce or technical college.
To contribute to the Jessica Beth Schwartz Memorial Scholarship Fund, or for extra info on scholarship standards, go to www.jessiesday.org.
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