With the help and support from the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund, a high school cancer survivor received a college scholarship. Aya Osman, 18, was diagnosed with cancer at 12 years old after her older sister discovered a lump on her neck.
“My older sister flew in from college, she noticed a weird lump, and I was like that’s a cause for concern, so once we got it checked out, it was the worst news possible, cancer,” Osman told CBS.
Osman went through one round of chemo every three weeks for six months and has since been in remission for two years.
“It was malignant, the scans were necessary, but it was also quite scary,” Osman said.
Osman dove into her hobbies and interests as a way to take her mind off the life-changing diagnosis. Osman says her mother would bring in her laptop to chemo treatments so that she wouldn’t fall behind in her schoolwork.
“It was a hard time, but I decided to focus on my mind through focusing on my hobbies,” Osman said. Things turned around for the better when Osman was introduced to a nonprofit that helps families overcome childhood cancer through financial, emotional and practical support.
Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation provided Osman the means to achieve her goals of completing higher education without worrying about medical bill expenses.
Since remission, Osman has succeeded at Ridgeview High School, graduating Summa Cum Laude, President of Beta Club, a member of Mu Alpha Theta, Science Honor Society, debate and multicultural club. Osman also spread her time between earth club, college readiness, Future Business Leaders of America, the academic team, and the Senior board. Embracing all that her school had to offer, Osman achieved a spot on the Spanish honor society and was an IB diploma candidate.
In August, Osman will start her freshman year at NYU with a major in biology. She says she knew she always wanted to be in the field of science since she was 12.