Anna Price, 17, of Columbia, S.C., a junior at Richland Northeast High School, shares her story of surviving a brain tumor to raise awareness and money for a variety of organizations that serve kids with cancer. In 2008, Anna was diagnosed with a brain tumor on her optic nerves. She underwent 14 months of chemotherapy and is now legally blind. "Before my brain tumor, community service was something I did, but it wasn't a passion the way it is now," she said. "I decided to use my situation as a springboard for community service. I want to return the kindness shown to me while I was in treatment."
Since her treatment ended, Anna has been asked to participate in many different events that benefit sick children. She served as a mentor and hostess at a prom for kids with cancer, addressed motorcycle riders at a fundraising ride for a brain tumor foundation, promoted a college dance marathon that raises money for a children's hospital, and helps sell promotional items at events that support pediatric cancer research. She also has spoken to members of South Carolina's General Assembly about blindness, led a toy drive for hospitalized children, and coordinated a mini-dance marathon at her high school that generated more than $2,000. "Having somebody there to help you in your time of need is truly a blessing, and I want to offer that blessing to other people," Anna said.