Scholarship Essay

“After All, It Isn’t Death It’s Only… Cancer”

If you have ever seen the face of cancer on someone diagnosed with it, then you know that the last thing the individual wants is pity.

“Enemy At The Gate”

Cancer - The Enemy at the Gate

“It Is Not Over Until It Is Over”

Suddenly, time on this earth is cut short.

“The One That Values Life, And Sees It For Its True Treasure”

There are few events that have the incredible ability of shaking you where you stand.

“Without Conflict, There Is No Drama”

A playwright friend of mine once said, “without conflict, there is no drama” – and as we all know, inspired works can take many forms: spiritual, emotional or academic . . . even physical – and terms such as restoration, renewal and reawakening have ...

“Conventional” Or “Alternative”

Cancer: Bringing All Options Together for the Fight

“If I Could Just Spread My Wings, I Know That I Can Fly.”

“If I could just spread my wings, I know that I can fly.”

“Know Thyself”

Choices, Cancer and My Mom

“The Best Things In Life, Are Not Things At All.”

Throughout life, I have experienced many people with cancer who are extremely close to me.

“Thinking Outside The Box”

Less than a year ago, a man whom I consider a modern day hero and a true inspiration to many more to come, passed away on July 11, 2

2011 James “Rhio” O’Connor Memorial Scholarship Winners

The Cancer Monthly Scholarship Committee would like to thank all of the applicants who participated in this extraordinary essay contest.

2012 James “Rhio” O’Connor Memorial Scholarship Winners

The Cancer Monthly Scholarship Committee would like to thank all of the applicants who participated in this extraordinary essay contest. Judging was difficult, but the winners were selected based on style, content, grammar and originality. Below is the list of winners. Please note the following: 1) Winners will be contacted between before August 30, 2012 to verify…

A Beacon Of Inspiration

A Beacon of Inspiration Just as a flower blooms in the barren desert, so does inspiration and hope in the story of James Rhio O’Connor (“Rhio”) and his struggle with the deadly cancer mesothelioma. Rhio lived by the principles of self education and self inspiration and strived to encourage others to fight the odds as…

A Champion’s Heart

A Champion’s Heart

A Decision Has To Be Made

James “Rhio” O’Connor had been given the most devastating news a person could receive.

A Diagnosis Of Cancer

A Diagnosis of Cancer

A Dire Cancer Prognosis

A Dire Cancer Prognosis

A Fight For All Of The Above

A Fight For All Of the Above

A Hero’s Hope

A Hero’s Hope

A Leader And A Philosopher

James "Rhio" O'Connor is an extraordinary gentleman.

A Miracle

Imagine sitting in a hospital room waiting for the doctor to deliver the dreadful news.

A Paradigm Of Hope

“What would you do if you faced the same challenges that Rhio Faced?”

A Person’s Will To Live Is The Only True Deciding Factor

James “Rhio” O’Connor was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2001 called pleural mesothelioma.

A Plan, Idea Or Option That Is Best For Us

When the word, “cancer” is heard it often emotes feelings of panic and a flood of questions as to what the future holds.
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