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2014 First Runner Up - Essay

Brian Prescott

Scholarship Amount: $7,500

Hometown: San Antonio, TX - School: Texas A&M University

One afternoon my parents sat my sister and I down for a family meeting that would change our lives forever. “I have bladder cancer,” my father told us. He previously had one of his kidneys removed that were cancerous. My father never told us because he was assured it was a low-grade cancer. This time it was different. He was immediately referred to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. The doctors confirmed he had stage 4-bladder cancer. It was an incurable and inoperable cancer and his life expectancy was limited. August 2010 was the beginning of the end. His condition worsened and was admitted into ICU due to renal failure followed by a brain aneurysm and coma. At the time I did not know what to think but the worst feelings came over me. I was scared I would never be able to say good-bye to my dad or tell him that I loved him. On November 19, 2010, the day before my fifteenth birthday, I watched my father take his last breath at 4:20 AM. My father’s death impacted me emotionally. He was my best friend. We were inseparable! My freshmen year of high school was one of the most difficult times in my life. His death made me realize that my life will never be the same.

My father’s death greatly affected our family financially. After three years of treatment the family savings was completely depleted when he was being treated at and traveling to MD Anderson. My mother was faced with medical bills and major house repairs. The exterior walls of the house, chimney and duct units in the attic had holes. Rodents were in the attic and walls of the house. My mother had not worked to care for my father. My father didn’t have adequate life insurance coverage. I have had to grow up quickly and work to help my mother. Had my father had adequate life insurance we would not be in the position we find ourselves today. His death has made my future plans to attend college even greater and harder to achieve. With the values my parents taught me I have worked hard to achieve high academic accomplishments and was inducted into the National Honor Society. Recently, I was accepted into Texas A&M University.

Life would certainly be different if my father was still here and cancer free. However, this is not the case and my only hope is that I would be blessed with financial help in order to pursue my educational goal. With all I went through with my father, it has inspired me to become a doctor of radiology. With that degree I hope to help others in similar situations as my father. I am a strong and better person today as a result of all the obstacles I have overcome. I have learned how important life insurance is to a family and at the age of 18 I have purchased my first policy.

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