GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Update: Weeks ago I told you about the conundrum facing Gaston County pediatric cancer survivor Jasmine Love - she was looking for scholarships to help her with her freshman year at Clinton College, in Rock Hill. Jasmine wasn’t looking for outright money. She’d been accepted and was instead wanting links for scholarships aimed at aiding cancer-surviving kids who have overcome obstacles.
You guys responded in a big way.
I compiled the links you sent, and forwarded them to Jasmine and her mom. Even had a few of you who started Foundations of your own reach out, asking how to directly donate to Jasmine, through the school.
I mean this with utmost sincerity, you guys are amazing.
In the course of all this time though, Jasmine decided not to attend Clinton College. I'd been in touch with some of the kind women in the counseling and business affairs offices at the school and can tell you Jasmine's decision is nothing about the college itself. She says she just kept thinking about the big picture and decided to stay closer to home. She's now planning to get her nursing license at Gaston College in Dallas, North Carolina, which she says is more financially feasible and a shorter route to her end game.
"Thank you for the help and I'll still be applying for scholarship money," Jasmine said. "I'll just be using it for community college and get my degree faster, instead of taking classes and living on campus in Rock Hill."
Unbeknownst to me...
The post about Jasmine kept spreading.
One man -- Danny Eckard -- saw it. He says he and his wife, Jennifer, started a Foundation called Fight With ME, Inc 501c3 in memory of their daughter who died of cancer five years ago. Her name was Miranda. The "ME" in the Foundation name stands as her initials.
Danny saw one of Jasmine's teachers had commented on the #MollysKids post. Her name was Heather Forbes. Coincidentally, Danny grew up with Heather and has known her most of his life. Danny and Heather talked. She told him all about Jasmine.
Then... Danny, Heather and Jasmine Face-Timed.
"It was very emotional for all of us," Danny said. "And I just wanted you to know that thanks to that post, and some fate, our Foundation is delivering a sizable scholarship directly to Jasmine."
That money will help Jasmine not because she was looking for a handout, but because she's looking to get a hand-up. She's still going to research everything on that list I sent, with the many links. Jasmine is a good kid who knows her tough past can translate to a bright future.
I've been wanting to update you guys on this story. Thank you. Thank you for helping create and network. Together, we're telling the Good, the Bad and the Always Real.
Happy Good Friday.
PS: If anyone else would like me to send them that list that’s now compiled with links and some ideas for possible college scholarships for pediatric cancer survivors, email me. I’d be happy to do so, now that it’s together. firstname.lastname@example.org.
PPS: Original post a few weeks ago: http://tinyurl.com/FBJasmineScholarshipsMKs
**Editor’s note: This is about one of #MollysKids, children WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham follows closely on her Facebook page. It was first published there, which is why it’s written in a personal way. For years Molly has followed hundreds of kids with uphill medical battles. Find this story and updates on all #MollysKids here.