#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Alisha Bartlett, 26, of Mesa, AZ

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.”

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