Linda's College Fundraiser

Organized by: Linda Fanene

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As I am going to college at the age of 60, I am happy to paint a picture of myself. I came to Hawaii and fell in love with the islands. I fell in love with a Hawaiian man, started a family, and now have two children, and four grandchildren.

With the economy going through a recession, employment opportunities have been scarce. I have over 20 years' experience working as an Administrative Assistant but I do not have any college degree. So I decided to try and apply for FAFSA and I qualified! I was very excited to have the opportunity to go to college. I registered for school at Hawaii Community College and prepared to go to school in August 2012. Then in July 2012, I was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer. I was told I needed surgery (lumpectomy) and would also need radiation treatments. I did not want to throw my opportunity to go to school away so I changed my classes to all online classes and majored in Business Technology. I started school in August and made sure I kept up with my studies. In September, I flew to Oahu to have a lumpectomy. After my surgery healed, I continued on with radiation treatments consisting of 33 sessions. This was a scary and trying time for me. Going to school online helped push me to stick to a schedule and do my best to complete my studies. It actually helped me not to dwell on the negative aspects of having cancer and helped me keep my mind busy. I was able to finish my first semester with a 4.0 and have just finished my fourth semester of classes with a 3.5 GPA! I am planning to continue going to school to receive my A.A.S. in Business Technology and had hoped to finish this next school year. However, I did not qualify for FAFSA this year so I will not receive any financial aid. I applied for a couple of scholarships hoping to receive some help but just found out that although I was in the final running with the Cancer for College Scholarship, I was not selected. They are the ones that suggested I contact Crowdrise and start a fundraiser. So here I am!

Although I have been faced with much diversity, I still continue to try and serve my neighbor and better myself. The hardships I have faced have humbled and strengthened me to be the person I am today. I love learning and I love going to school. I know who I am and what I believe in. I face up to my challenges and adversities and do my best to overcome the obstacles in my way. Helping me financially will enable me to continue to educate myself so that I can have more opportunities for employment. As a coach once reminded a football team who was losing the game at half time, "when the going gets tough, the tough get going". This is my philosophy and I will donate $10 from every donation to the American Cancer Society to help others during their trials.

Thank you for your help and encouragement as I continue to strive to get a good education!



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