To inspire hope and possibility in young adults who are living with life-threatening illnesses

Meet Rachel Lozano Life Grant Winner

On September 20th, 2008 Cameron Siemer's Awarded the very first Life Grant to Rachel Lozano at the Foundations' launch celebration and fundraiser Hi, I'm Rachel- 25 years young, a wife, an artist, writer, national inspirational speaker, nanny, boutique assistant and traveler. I have my Associate's Degree in Interior Design and am working towards a Bachelor's in Studio Art and Art Therapy (in preparation for a Master's). I am also a 3-time survivor of Askin's tumor of the spinal cord (a malignant sarcoma that is a small-cell tumor of the soft tissues in the thoracopulmonary area) . Miraculously, it has been 4.5 years since there has been any sign of the disease but there are still many ups and downs. For so long I didn't seem to have a future. One of my life goals was to get married-which happily occurred this summer. Some day we'd like to have children too. I would like to continue the national inspirational speaking I have already been doing in addition to the writing, charity work and art. One of my most important goals though is to become an art therapist-working with children and giving back to the cancer community. But in a broader sense, one day my husband and I hope to open a fine arts and athletic center for people of all ages with chronic illnesses. Because of my experiences through cancer and working with many other types of organizations, I have seen a strong need for this. People with a broad range of illnesses have much to gain from these therapies and being with each other. I still have many obstacles ahead of me-including life-long health effects and about 4 or more years of schooling but I am up for the challenge! This is a new beginning for my future and I am truly obsessed with living life. Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity to help me pursue my dreams! Read Rachel's Story Read Rachel's Blog Rachel Honored as Glamour Woman of the Year