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Emily Corwin

Corwin's main goal after her treatment finished and her surgery was to graduate high school with her class. Hard work and determination paid off as she accepted her diploma with her Ticonderoga High School class mates in June 2006.

Corwin now attends Utica College studying child psychology. Her experience with cancer helped her to realize her career choice as a child life specialist.

A child life specialist works in a hospital setting to help pediatric patients and their families. They advocate services such as, therapeutic interventions, education on diagnosis and procedure, and grief support.

This fall Corwin is interning at Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington, Vt., with to finish her degree and pre-certification requirements.

Corwin will graduate this december with a bachelor's degree, and will start preparing for her certification exam.

After five years Corwin is still cancer free and looks to the future. She uses her experience to help other people, offering simple advice.

"Make it fun. Laugh! Speak your mind, share your concerns and don't be afraid to ask questions," Corwin said.

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