A sophomore at Forest Hills Central High School, Isabel Oppenhuizen, was named the West Michigan Student of the Year by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. As such, she is a recipient of a $1,500 college scholarship. Oppenhuizen was honored during an event this spring. In fact, her journey has been one of overcoming unthinkable obstacles. In August of 2017, she was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma, an aggressive form of cancer. She went through four-and-a-half months of all inpatient treatment. During treatment, she learned how underfunded cancer research is, more specifically, blood cancer research. For seven weeks this year, she challenged herself to raise as much money as possible to go toward blood cancer research. She raised over $20,000 during that timeframe. She said, “I wanted to help fund research to stop any more kids from going through treatment like I did.”
Additional information about Oppenhuizen’s journey and recognition has been written by “The Central Trend” and is available online.