RACHEL VINCENT MEMORIAL FUND
Rachel was a typical 16 year old and a junior at Normal Community High School (NCHS) in the fall of 2007 when she complained about a spot on the back of her thigh that didn’t feel right when she sat. After ruling out several other possibilities, she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, soft tissue sarcoma, and a tumor the size of a baseball was removed from her leg. She recovered from the surgery, had 6 weeks of radiation, and returned to being a normal teenager (with a large scar on her leg!). Sadly, the cancer returned to her lungs in the fall of 2008, and she lost her battle on January 18, 2009. She was an amazing young lady who never complained about her struggles, and she has inspired a huge number of people who knew her or heard her story.
The Rachel Vincent Memorial Fund has been established to make both an annual scholarship award to a Normal Community High School senior and to make a contribution to the Sarcoma Foundation of America (SFA).
The annual scholarship will start out at $1,000 and will be awarded to one graduating senior who is planning to further his/her education. The selection will be made by the counselors and select staff of NCHS, using the following criteria:
- Involved in choir
- Have overcome a hardship in their life
- Have strong skills in math and science
The annual donation to SFA will also start out at $1,000, made in memory of Rachel. This donation will be used to assist in medical research efforts toward finding a cure for sarcoma.
If you would like to make an online donation to the Rachel Vincent Memorial Fund, please click on the button below. If you prefer to make a donation in another manner, click here for information.