At the age of three, Bartlett’s first-born son was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. After his diagnosis, she uprooted her two children and moved to Arizona so he could receive proper medical care.
The life-altering diagnosis also led Bartlett to college so she will be better able to care for her family in the future, come what may.
Bartlett earmarked her funds for a new laptop computer that will allow her to be more mobile while pursuing a degree in information technology from the University of Phoenix Axia Online College.
“There is so much I want to accomplish in the future,” said Bartlett. “I want to aim high and never settle . . . I have never been more determined to succeed in school.”