Rhea Sullivan is in her first year as a student in Penn State College of Medicine’s MD/PhD Medical Scientist Training Program.
Sullivan was recently intervied by LNP | Lancaster Online about what led her to want to become a physician-scientist. In her interview, Sullivan talked about her experiences raising funds for Mini-THON while a student at Hempfield High School, which led to a tour of the College of Medicine’s laboratory facilities.
The Mini-Thon program allows high school students to raise money for Four Diamonds, which funds research and medical care for pediatric cancer patients and their families. Mini-THON is an offshoot of Penn State’s successful THON dance marathon fundraiser for Four Diamonds.
When Hempfield’s Mini-THON volunteers were given a tour of Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Cancer Institute, Sullivan, who previously wanted to be a professional soccer player, found a new direction for her future.
“The thing that made the biggest impact on me, and really my whole career trajectory, was going through the labs that were Four Diamonds-funded,” Sullivan told LNP | Lancaster Online. “These are scientific laboratories where they’re developing new therapies to target and treat pediatric cancer.”
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