The Cancer Crisis in Appalachia
Kentucky Students Take ACTION
Contributions by Abigal Issacs, Abigail Isaacs, Alyviah Newby, Andrew Davison, Brianna Reyes, Carrigan Wasilchenko, Emory Wilds, Ethan Tiller, Haleigh Thompson, Holly Dickens, Julie Kiser, Kaitlin Schumaker, Katelyn Nigro, Kinley Lewis, Lauren K. Collett, Matthew Melton, Megan Schlosser, Natalie Barker, Nolan Marcum, Rachel Collins, Shahid Jabbar, Solomon Patton, Spencer Shelton, Susanna Goggans, William Adams, Zachary Hall and Susanna Googans
The Cancer Crisis in Appalachia features essays written by a group of twenty high school and five undergraduate students, all of whom are residents of Kentucky's Appalachian region and are participants in the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center's Appalachian Career Training in Oncology (ACTION) program, which is funded by the National Cancer Institute's Youth Enjoy Science Program. These authentic and candid student essays detail the effects of cancer diagnoses and deaths on individuals, families, friends, and communities, and proclaim these cases as more than nameless statistics. The authors shed light on personal cancer stories in hopes of inspiring readers to avoid cancer-risk behaviors, get involved with cancer-prevention initiatives, give generously, and uplift cancer patients and their loved ones.
About the Authors
Lauren Hudson is a former resident adviser for the Appalachian Career Training in Oncology (ACTION) residential summer program and is involved in cancer research at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center. She is coauthor of the Students Leading America series and author of the Ascension series.
Chris Prichard is program coordinator for the Appalachian Career Training in Oncology (ACTION) program at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center.
"A must-read for all Kentuckians, this book offers a perspective grounded not in statistics but in the firsthand experiences of young Kentuckians who have grown up in a state ravaged by cancer. More importantly, it offers hope, showcasing a generation of young minds who have been inspired by their personal experiences to pursue careers in medicine, seeking to improve the lives of those in their own communities."—B. Mark Evers, MD, Director, Markey Cancer Center
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