Life was going along as planned for 39-year-old Lisa Meredith until
she found out she had breast cancer.
would have been a senior nursing student this year at The University
of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, was diagnosed with stage-3 breast
cancer in July and started treatment last month.
diagnosis of breast cancer has hit one of our own nursing students,"
said Dr. Linda Mignor, former coordinator of the Southern Miss Gulf
Coast nursing program and associate professor who recently retired.
student in the 2004 graduating class, will not be able to attend
classes this academic year. Instead, she will be undergoing radiation
therapy, chemotherapy and surgery.
expect Lisa to return to school next fall with the class of 2005,"
said Mignor. "Many college students fall within the 53 million
people in the United States who are uninsured, and Lisa is no exception."
In her plan
to become a registered nurse, Meredith chose to make studying her
primary focus during nursing school and therefore was not employed
full time. This choice left her without medical insurance, and due
to other roadblocks, she is currently unable to secure state assistance.
In order to
help her with medical expenses, her friends and classmates of the
Southern Miss Gulf Coast Student Nurses' Association have stepped
up to the plate.
A yard sale
fund-raiser will be held in her honor from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 13
at the Biloxi Town Green. All proceeds will benefit Meredith.
Nurses' Association has also set up an account at the USM Federal
Credit Union in Meredith's name for those who would like to make
a donation. The credit union is located at 730 East Beach Blvd.,
Long Beach, Miss., 39560. Donors can also contact the Credit Union
by calling (228) 867-8786 to transfer funds.
One of the
nursing students aiding in this process is Jennifer Good, a senior
nursing major of Biloxi.
had the pleasure of attending school with Lisa for the past year,"
said Good. "Lisa is a hardworking, dedicated and intelligent
individual with a passion for nursing. Lisa loves helping people,
which is just one of the many reasons why I - and everyone else
who knows Lisa - want to help her in her time of need. I can say
for myself and on behalf of those I attend school with that we are
thankful to the community for their support and prayers."
Nurses' Association thanks the community in advance for consideration
in helping a Southern Miss Gulf Coast student beat this disease
and achieve her goal of serving others as a registered nurse.
in Biloxi with her husband, Rick; daughter, Shawnda, 20; sons, Harley,
18; and Vincent, 16; 2-month-old grandson, Dominick; and her mother-in-law,
know how I am ever going to repay everyone for their love and generosity,"
said Meredith. "I just hope that this experience will help
me be a better nurse and help others. Thank you to all."