About the Recipients
Quinn Reynolds, 17, graduate of Chatfield High School
Quinn was diagnosed in September of 2014 with T cell lymphoblastic lymphoma, at the start of her sophomore year in high school. She underwent 2 ½ years of chemotherapy but insisted on attending her classes on a regular basis and never using the chemotherapy as an excuse. She graduated last May from Chatfield High and was given the Courage Award at the graduation for having overcoming great adversity and still maintaining a superb GPA. She works at Mad Greens, likes Justin Bieber and attends church on a regular basis. She will start Arapahoe Community College this fall and will study to be a nurse so she can give back to others.
Emma Bruxvoort, 18, graduate of Chatfield High School
Emma was diagnosed with Hodgkins in 2012 after experiencing symptoms for almost a year. She underwent six months of chemotherapy with a very good response. However, eight months later it came back. She was treated with more chemotherapy, radiation and a bone marrow transplant. She says she managed to get through her treatments with a “silent” laugh. She is now 4 ½ years off therapy and doing well. She will attend Metro State University in the fall and wants to be a Child Life Specialist to help other children with serious diseases.
Derek Valdez, 19, graduate of Chatfield High School
At the age of 4, Derek was diagnosed with leukemia. He underwent chemotherapy for 3 years and did well. But at the age of 14 his leukemia returned. He again underwent treatment with a good response but in June of 2014, leukemia came back for a third time. He required more chemotherapy and in September of 2014, in his sophomore year, he underwent a bone marrow transplant. He also had to fight severe side effects of the transplant. Now, after three years, he’s doing very well. He won the Courage Award, together with fellow student Quinn Reynolds at Chatfield High School for obtaining excellent grades while battling cancer. Derek is planning on attending CU Boulder in the fall.
Jacob Dohogne, 18, graduate of Heritage High School
Jacob was born with a damaged heart and underwent a heart transplant at the age of 4 months. To prevent rejection of the transplanted heart he was on powerful medications. In September of 2015, in his junior year, he developed a cancer of his abdomen related to these meds. He was treated for 6 months with chemotherapy with a complete response. Unfortunately in April of 2017, during the last few weeks of his senior year, the cancer came back. He is currently finishing his chemotherapy and doing very well. He will attend CSU in the near future, majoring in business and marketing.