May 07, 2012
CHAMPION: Cindy Kip, 52, Gahanna, Ohio (mother)
Nominator: Alex Kip, 24, New York, NY (son, Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor)
During Christmas 2010, Alex Kip was embarking on a challenging journey of a stem cell transplant. While his friends were worrying about trivial things, he was wondering whether he would beat his 30-percent odds at life. As Alex was weeks away from graduating college, he was diagnosed and needed to be transferred to the OSUCCC – James. Cindy Kip made sure the insurance transferred smoothly. “My mother cared about one thing and one thing only: me,” wrote Alex Kip.
Cindy not only worried about the financials, but she also asked questions, finding out all of the information and making sure everything went well. She also suggested altering eating habits for a healthier lifestyle, including cutting out gluten and soda. “Changing the eating habits of a college student is not an easy task. Through leading by example, she pressured me to restructure my health habits, a crucial part in my battle and now daily life,” Alex wrote.
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