Beating cancer and succeeding at Berea

When Ronnie was just 11 years old, she was diagnosed with a cancer linked to toxins in the creek where she played as a child. And for the next five years, she was forced to watch other family members slowly succumb to cancer.

After her grandmother died, Ronnie was at risk of becoming a ward of the state. Thankfully, a neighbor stepped in to take care of Ronnie and made sure she achieved her dream of becoming the first in her family to go to college.

At Berea, Ronnie learned more about the reality of toxic waste and its link to illnesses, much like the one she had battled as a child. Now she is becoming an urban planner who will implement policies to ensure all children get to safely enjoy playing outdoors.

“With my college degree, it feels like the world is wide open now. I can accomplish what I came here to do.”
– Ronnie

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