SAN DIEGO, May 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- It's a scary statistic. Approximately every 3 minutes one person in the United States is diagnosed with a blood cancer, according to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. That's why one San Diego law firm is on a mission to help those impacted by leukemia, lymphoma as well as other types of blood cancers.
"For the last two years, we've set out to help lighten the financial load of law school for a student impacted by blood cancer," stated Richard Renkin, the firm's founder. "We feel very fortunate to be able to help someone achieve their educational goals through our scholarship."
Thanks to advances in medical technology, more and more people are surviving their leukemia or lymphoma diagnosis. The overall five-year relative survival rate for leukemia has more than quadrupled since 1960. For those battling lymphoma, the five-year relative survival rate has nearly doubled for the same time period.
"I am a lymphoma survivor. I'm proof that it doesn't have to be a death sentence," explained Renkin. "Through this scholarship, I hope to help change the public perception of those battling the disease. A patient's life doesn't end with a diagnosis. These kinds of cancer can be beat."
Through the scholarship, Renkin also hopes that more people will be inspired to understand curable blood cancers and help contribute to research that allows patients like Danielle Taylor, the first recipient of the firm's scholarship, to thrive.
"Danielle is truly an inspiration. She was diagnosed with leukemia at age seven yet continues to beat the odds," stated Renkin. "Her energy, commitment, and perseverance should serve as inspiration for individuals who are living with curable blood cancers."
This year, Renkin hopes to select the firm's second scholarship recipient. From now through July 31st, current or incoming laws students who meet the scholarship's criteria are encouraged to apply. Students must also be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen and be able to provide an official copy of undergraduate and/or law school transcripts with GPA of at least 3.0.
To fill out the application, prospective applicants can click here. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to an applicant who submits the required application and essay by the deadline.
About The Law Office of Renkin & Associates: The Law Office of Renkin & Associates is an experienced law firm representing clients in divorces and other family law matters. Based in San Diego, the law firm is dedicated to protecting the substantial assets and the parental rights of each of their clients. With more than twenty years of legal experience, their attorneys have a record of success when it comes to assisting clients in high net worth divorce cases.
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