Seize the Day Awards helping young Tasmanians

7 February 2014

Cancer Council Tasmania has announced the recipients of its Seize the Day Awards Scholarships for young people impacted by a cancer diagnosis themselves or that of a close family member.

CEO Penny Egan said the Seize the Day Awards Scholarship began nine years ago to support young people affected by cancer to pursue their studies.

“We know the enormous emotional and financial challenges that young people face directly by a cancer diagnosis themselves or indirectly when through a parent, sibling, spouse or child,” Mrs Egan said.

“Undergoing a cancer diagnosis at a young age or living with a close family member that has a cancer diagnosis can be incredibly traumatic for a young person.

“The consequences can affect young people when they are trying to study and get a job.

“Some young people have to put their own goals and ambitions on hold because of the cancer diagnosis. They all have shown remarkable resilience and these Scholarships will help ease their financial burden.”

Mrs Egan said the Seize the Day Awards Scholarships were one way to acknowledge and support young people affected by a cancer diagnosis and to help with fees associated with post-secondary education and training.

“Over the past eight years Cancer Council Tasmania has awarded a total of $170,300 to 126 students who were training to be accountants, child care workers, teachers, hairdressers, doctors, lawyers, nurses and motor mechanics,” she said

“This year we are providing $30,000 to 33 young people from donations made by generous Tasmanians.”

One of the recipients, Stephanie Foster, 24 of Hobart said the Scholarship would help her continue her Bachelor of Music at UTAS.

“It will enable me to continue my studies, buy textbooks and also essential musical equipment such as a new violin bow,” Ms Foster said.

“It will ease the financial strain enormously.

“Importantly it is wonderful recognition for people like me who have been affected by cancer in their family and the struggles we have gone through .

“I was 11 years old when my older sister was diagnosed with acute leukaemia and 15 when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. My dad has also been diagnosed with cancer so it has been my life mission to avoid cancer.

“I try to focus on staying healthy and studying.”

Ms Foster was also the recipient of the Peter Wise Award for showing outstanding determination in the face of adversity.

The award was introduced in 2007 and is named in honour of the late Mr Wise in recognition of his contribution to the Awards. 

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