Scholarship Essay

“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.”

“Impossible Is Nothing”

Speaking from personal experience living with an uncle who battled cancer, it’s truly hard.

“In Remembrance Of Rhio”

“In Remembrance of Rhio”

“Is That Your Best Answer?”

Not a day goes by without people hearing about someone with cancer, whether it’s a co-worker, friend, family member or celebrity.

“It Can Be Done”

Rhio O’Connor’s story is more than inspiring, it is more than a story about facing challenges and not giving up; it is about character.

“Know Thyself”

Choices, Cancer and My Mom

“Live Like You Were Dying”

There is a song I have heard on the radio several times and prior to this essay had never really given it much thought.

“Mesotheiloma + Metamorphous = Mesotheliorpheous”

Mesotheiloma + Metamorphous = Mesotheliorpheous

“Never Say Never”

“Never Say Never”

“Not Yet”

Someone who can stand up to cancer, while others her age are concerned with their dance dates, and look into the eyes of fate and say “not yet,” epitomizes what it means to be truly brave.

“Once you choose hope, anything’s possible”

“Once you choose hope, anything's possible.” Christopher Reeve

“Success”

I have often pondered the word “success.”

“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.

“The Candle Always Burns Brighter At The Base”

If I were faced with the decisions that Mr. O’Connor must have been following his prognosis concerning the mesothelioma deteriorating the inside of his body, I can only imagine that I would follow a similar pathway as Rhio.

“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

“Wake Up Call”

Having been given a cancer prognosis I would find myself living each day with more appreciation of my time.

“What Ifs”

I’ll never forget the day my family discovered that my grandfather was diagnosed with lung cancer.

“What One Man Can Do, Another Can Do”

If I had the misfortune of being diagnosed with cancer, my first step, after discussing options with my doctor, would be to confront the idea of death.

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…

21 Grams

21 Grams

7 To 1

This essay began for me as an opportunity to obtain financing for college.

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 Brave And Courageous Man

“I’m sorry to break the news to you, but you have cancer.”

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