When Zanya was diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukemia, the physicians and staff of the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development's Division of Pediatric and Adolescent Hematology/Oncology were there to see her through it. Now, with assistance from Make-A-Wish Michigan, Zanya is a student at Michigan State University. Regarding her choice of academic institutions, she had these kind words to share:


Zanya, 18, leukemia survivor and Michigan State University student, in part able to start her academic career after cancer because of assistance from Mike-A-Wish Michigan

“I chose [to go to] MSU because they saved my life, and I can never repay them for that. My dream is to one day be part of their team and help those who have been affected by cancer. Cancer has affected me a lot physically and emotionally, but I do not regret any second of it. It taught me resilience, faith, love, and determination. It made me realize the things I never realized or appreciated. Yes, I did struggle and yes there were times I wanted to quit. However, I knew I had to fight because it was either me or cancer.  Unfortunately, childhood cancer research is only funded by 4% of the national government’s income. Children are the future, and I believe that it is my duty to help make a difference.”