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Alex W

My name’s Alex, from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma after my freshman year at the U.S. Military Academy. I transferred to UNC-Chapel Hill for my sophomore year and received treatment at their hospital while living on campus and trying to maintain a full-time course load and social life. I quickly realized that as a college student living in a dorm a block away from the hospital, that I was afforded physical, mental, and social support that would be a tremendous benefit to other adolescent and young adult patients like me. My friend Elsa and her family were already working to fundraise and advocate for the first AYA coordinator position at UNC Hospitals through the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation, and I was fortunate to be able to work with them and eventually Teen Cancer America, to achieve the same goals at the national level.

After finishing my surgeries, radiation, and chemotherapy, I went back to West Point to graduate and commission as a Second Lieutenant in May 2018. Next up was the Infantry Basic Officer Leaders Course and Ranger School at Fort Benning, Georgia. My first unit assignment is with the Fourth Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado. While not at work, I enjoy travelling, photography, music, woodworking, and having fun with friends.