New Orleans, LA.
I have not had one big struggle that trumped all the rest. All my life struggles
have had an immense impact one way of the other. I lost my mother, then my grandfather
10 months apart. Watching my mother deteriorate from cancer when I was 11 was the
first traumatic event in my life. Then Hurricane Katrina came along 5 years later.
We lost everything. My current struggle isn’t mine at all, but is my grandmother’s
battle with breast cancer.
When I first met Soledad at the beginning of the documentary she was shooting “Children of the Storm” about the one year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, I was in the lowest place in my life. After that documentary people came from around the country and my grandma and I were able to rebuild our lives.
After my grandmother was diagnosed with cancer, Soledad and Brad made sure that I would be able to finish out my final semester of nursing school, by granting me a scholarship. If she hadn’t come into my life five years ago I don’t know where I would be. It's unbelieveable that with all the odds stacked against me I will be able to sign my name Amanda Hill, RN BSN in a month. I plan to go to graduate school and hope to be able to pay it forward and help other children and young adults like myself in the near future.