Andrew R. on June 6, 2016
In the spring of 2014 I moved away from my hometown (Pittsburgh) for a new career opportunity in the healthcare industry. I have a finance background, and moved to the DC area to join a promising start up. Unfortunately, a month into my new job I was unexpectedly diagnosed with stage II Hodgkin's Lymphoma. It was not the most ideal way to start a new job, but I ended up working through treatment and I had my last chemo in December of 2014.
When my treatment ended, I became very active in local cancer charities by serving as a mentor to those recently diagnosed in the area and by motivational speaking at fundraising events. However, I want to do more, as I am very passionate about helping others whose lives have been affected by cancer. Now at 27, I intend to go back to school to get my MBA, but I am curious about what area to focus on that will better prepare me for a career that is centered around assisting others affected by this disease. I also have ideas for non-profits, but I am fully aware of the amount of capital/experience that is needed in order to establish one.
Initially, when I graduated college, my career aspirations were to be as successful as I could in my given expertise (finance), but after cancer my goals have changed, and I am hoping you could help point me in the right direction.
All the best,