#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Jodi Rothrock, 41, Middletown, PA

After losing her grandparents to heart disease, seeing her father through open-heart surgery and coming to the aid of her 35-year-old brother after a stroke, Rothrock became determined to earn a degree that would let her help people with heart problems.

A working mother of four, Rothrock will use her $1,000 award to defray the cost of commuting to Lancaster General College of Nursing and Health Sciences, where she is studying to become a cardiovascular invasive technician.

Obtaining the education she needs to fulfill her dream won’t be easy, but Rothrock believes her motto – “keep showing up and never give up” – will see her through to graduation day.

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