A Cure in the memory of a loving grandmother

Scholarship Entrant: Courtney from Syracuse, NY
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
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When I was younger I watched my grandmother slowly drift deeper and deeper into her Alzheimer’s. As it progressed over the six years I took care of her I swore one day I’d cure the disease, making it so nobody else would have to experience what I did. I currently am majoring in Neuroscience and Biology at Syracuse University where as a sophomore I started working in a Parkinson’s research lab. Unfortunately there aren’t any labs currently researching Alzheimer’s disease, so I will eventually end up studying it in graduate school where I plan on getting my PhD. My plans consist of working under the top researchers for this disease and gathering as much information as possible until progress has been made. I plan to go into the industry that provides research and development for Alzheimer’s and hopefully one day contribute to the cure or at least a treatment therapy. If I could spend every day for the rest of my life trying to cure Alzheimer’s disease I would, because I believe that some of the most important things we hold onto are our memories. Without the memories to cherish and love, who are we? My grandmother had forgotten who I was, and day in a day out she tried to hit me thinking I was a person trying to rob her house, when in reality all she was robbed of was her memories. I hope someday, I can save someone else’s grandmother’s memories, since I couldn’t save mine.

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