Outstanding Graduate in Health Services
Cristina Barcellano Medix College Cristina demonstrated a love of learning and level of commitment necessary to succeed in college and beyond. She sees life as a blessing. Itâ€™s an outlook sheâ€™s maintained with great determination and optimism, despite having a debilitating disease. When Cristina began her program, she was receiving daily dialysis, which she never allowed to interfere with her attendance. Her courage, faith and positive attitude in dealing with this chronic disease was an inspiring influence on her classmates and staff. Despite having this illness, Cristina was determined to accomplish the goals she had set out for herself. She had worked hard to receive funding through Second Career and was not going to let her failing kidney stop her.
In the midst of her academic year, Cristina received the life-saving call that a donor was found, and in true Cristina fashion, she was more concerned about how the surgery was going to affect her completing her program. She was convinced she would still be able to complete her program on time, despite the 6-12 month recovery time. To the amazement of her physicians, Medix College and her classmates, 11