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Medical Treatment Shapes Student's Path

Diagnosed with Type 1 juvenile diabetes when she was 7, Whitnee Herrling had difficulties coping with her disease. She explains that, during her visits with endocrinologists, she was treated as her disease and not as a child.

This was true until she met Dr. C* who transformed her by talking to her about her life, not just her disease. Dr. C was also a diabetic and she empathized because she knew what it was like to be a child and missing out on many of the activities that are so much a part of a child's life such as birthday cake and Halloween candy.

Dr. C was the initial spark for Whitnee to become a pediatric endocrinologist. Fast forward 15 years and Whitnee, who is in her senior year at St. Cloud State majoring in biomedical science, is well on her way to realizing her goal of being the type of doctor for other children that Dr. C was for her.

Whitnee is the first person in her family that will realize her goal of a professional degree. She was awarded a scholarship from a donor who established a perpetual scholarship specifically for students pursuing a health related degree. This award meant that Whitnee could focus on her studies and work fewer hours (she has three jobs and volunteers) and helped support her five-week medical internship in Thailand.

Learn How You Can Help
Contact us at Bob Beumer at 320-308-3716 or rfbeumer@stcloudstate.edu if you are interested in creating a scholarship that can help other students like Whitnee. Scholarships make a difference every day in the life of a student. They are easy to establish through a current gift or a legacy gift in your estate plan.

*For privacy reasons, Dr. C's name is being withheld.

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