She Can, She Will

Story by Mary Ann Littell
Photo by Nick Romanenko
(Reprinted Courtesy of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey)

With college behind her, Kelsey Flanigan was ready to take the world by storm.  The slim, strikingly attractive 23-year-old had graduated from Rutgers in 2013, where she majored in journalism, sang a capella, and was a member of a student sketch comedy club.  She loved films and writing.  Her plan was to head to Los Angeles and get a job in filmmaking, or maybe become a writer for “Saturday Night Live.”  Perhaps she’d try acting or stand-up comedy.  No dream was too big.

But in early 2014, Flanigan had to put her dreams on hold.  This young woman who’d never been sick a day in her life, who exercised, kickboxed, practiced yoga, and ate a vegan diet to stay healthy, was diagnosed with a brain tumor: a grade III astrocytoma.  Click here to read the rest of Kelsey’s story at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey’s Cancer Connection.

Click here to visit Kelsey’s YouCaring page.

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