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Jade Hodge

Jade Hodge, a flourishing sophomore at Syracuse University, finds herself at the pinnacle of her college journey, with a promising future unfolding before her. At the age of 21, Jade has triumphed over significant challenges, paving her way to success. Her journey was made possible through the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), which granted her the opportunity to enroll as a Syracuse University student. Syracuse University actively participates in HEOP, extending scholarships to support educationally and economically disadvantaged students in New York State.

It was spring break, and Jade was heading home to Brooklyn for a visit with her family. Her sophomore year was going well academically, but Jade was suffering from persistent head aches and body pain. She paid a visit to her doctor who did some bloodwork during the physical. Within 24 hours, she received a call informing her that her white blood count and platelets were dangerously low and that she should proceed directly to New York-Presbyterian Hospital. There she was seen by specialists who made the decision to transfer Jade to Weill Cornell.

During my six month hospitalization, resting and getting sleep was difficult. The infections in my blood made it very rough, I suffered through hives, night shivers and painful sores in my mouth. I shed a lot of tears. The food was terrible. My social worker would sometimes visit and bring me a meal, and I would have half of it, and then save the rest for dinner. My mind was constantly rolling with the stress of the medical expenses from my treatment. I was taking 10-12 pills a day;  the pills and constant bloodwork were so expensive!

Jade Hodge

SAMFund Grant Recipient, Brooklyn, New York

Jade remained hospitalized at Weill Cornell for six months, undergoing treatment including chemotherapy for Leukemia. At the time Jade was diagnosed, she had no health insurance. Her mother, a single parent, was unemployed and had lost coverage for herself and the family. Jade describes this particular period as a most difficult time.

Jade Hodge Today

During EMF’s Fall 2023 Financial Assistance Grant period, Jade Hodge was awarded a SAMFund grant in the amount of $2,000. She used the money for two months of housing expense and credits the grant with helping her regain some financial footing following her cancer treatment.

Today, Jade lives in Brooklyn where she has resumed her academic goals and is attending John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

 

SAMFund Stands for Surviving and Moving Forward

Expect Miracles Foundation (EMF) SAMFund grants serve as a bridge to help young adult survivors regain their financial footing after expensive cancer treatment and move forward towards their personal, professional and academic goals. To date, over 2,400 grants have been awarded totaling more than $4 million.

The price of survival for young adults is significant. EMF’s SAMFund Grants Program is unique in that it is both disease and geographically agnostic, supporting young adult survivors across all types of cancer throughout the United States.  With your support, EMF can continue to provide financial assistance to this population for years to come, giving them room to take a breath and regain their independence to get back on the road they were on before cancer.

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