A communication major from Bellingham, Mass., Tara was co-chair of the 2014 Relay For Life program at the College, helping to raise over $20,000 for the American Cancer Society.
For Tara, the event hits close to home. Originally diagnosed with leukemia at age 16, she faced the same battle once again in the summer of 2012 when the cancer came back. Since that time, she has undergone chemotherapy treatments, which will not stop until after she graduates.
Tara credits the support system she gained at Stonehill with helping her get through some of the most difficult times of her life.
In an op-ed article written for The Summit, she said: “While I have not had the typical college experience most people think of when they see someone my age, I can’t say I would change my experiences for anything because it taught me so much. I couldn’t have accomplished half of what I have done without the backing and help from both my family and my second family that I formed here at school.”
“Tara’s dedication to helping the community – and putting her own needs aside – is inspiring to everyone who knows her,” says Maureen Boyle, assistant professor of communication. “She has been a strong advocate for those with disabilities, organized efforts to raise money for cancer research and is always willing to help both the Stonehill community and the public at large.”
A photographer, artist and avid reader, Tara plans to start her career in marketing or a communications-related field after graduation.