20 Jan '16, 4pm
Derek's advice to anyone with aplastic anemia: don't think “Why me?”, but rather, “You can’t beat me!” https://t.co/fyjTtUiFO7
About ten days after graduating college, most young people are ready to take a break, go to the beach or maybe a trip to Europe before getting serious again. Not two-time Matthew Debono scholarship recipient Derek Cope. Derek embarked on a three-week study abroad trip in June to the African nation of Tanzania where he visited hospitals, schools and orphanages to learn how health is delivered internationally. He is now looking for work in his chosen field of nursing. Derek lives life like there’s not a moment to waste. His diagnosis of aplastic anemia almost five years ago has a lot to do with that. In fall 2009, Derek was engaged in a challenging pre-med curriculum at Stony Brook University in New York when he started to feel extremely fatigued. He continued to push himself until one day he collapsed in his dormitory. Soon he was diagnosed with aplastic anemia and had to d...