A cancer survivor is thanking a new friend for donating a college scholarship to him.
Chase Bradley of Hyde Park High School knows what a cancer battle is like. His older sister was diagnosed with cancer five years ago and beat it.
The experience made him an advocate for cancer research.
“As we progressed through the challenge […] I kind of became more passionate for cancer survivors and people who are going through it,” Bradley told KXAN.
Bradley and earned a scholarship after raising $57,000 for cancer research. But instead of keeping the $2,500 prize for himself, he gave it to Sergio Garcia, a senior at nearby Anderson High School who beat leukemia.
“In my freshman year, during finals, I was diagnosed with leukemia and had to fight it for almost a year,” said Garcia. “It was a lot of time, going to the hospital, to the clinic. I fought for my life, but I’m here.”
Garcia, now cancer-free, says he’s grateful for friends like Bradley.
“I’m really grateful to him. And I’m really glad in meeting him, because I know he’s going to be there when I need him,” said Garcia. “And I’m going to be there when he needs me.”