Today’s Jay Fund Hero – Maegan Voss
At 17 years old, most teens are thinking about the prom, SAT’s, boyfriends and girlfriends, or which college they will attend. But this 17 year old had to learn a new acronym. It was HLH.
In the midst of experiencing her senior year of high school and dating, Maegan Voss was diagnosed with Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH); a rare and potentially fatal condition in which certain white blood cells build up in organs including the skin, spleen, and liver, and destroy other blood cells.
Years of commitment to the sport of soccer taught Maegan how to persevere, sacrifice and never give up. “She underwent immuno-chemotherapy and got over 60 units of blood products. Despite a hard treatment, Maegan graduated from Mandarin High School in Jacksonville, Florida with an Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) diploma and she went on to Florida State University and has made me so extremely proud as an all A/B student. Although she is still in treatment, Maegan has refused to stop living her dream. At 19, she has gained more character than most do in a lifetime. I am so proud of her and she is MY HERO,” said Maegan’s mother Heidi Brown of her daughter and nominee.
With a fifty percent chance of dying, this hero couldn’t let cancer get in the way of living her dream. Congratulations to Maegan Voss for being a Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Hero, keep up the fight and we wish you much success in your studies at FSU!
Donate to the Jay Fund in honor of Meagan Voss or in honor of your hero! Every dollar makes a difference, when you have a child with cancer.