Carolyn Rubenstein has spent most of her life working with children with cancer, in one form or another. She first met â€śkids with cancerâ€ť when she was six years old, and visited Camp Sunshine in Maine. Even at that young age, meeting these children affected her deeplyâ€”they were her peers, but considered â€śdifferentâ€ť. But really, Carolyn realized, they werenâ€™t different at all. She made dear friends at that camp, and it started her on a path.
That path has taken many turns. At 14, although still just a kid herself, Carolyn started â€śCarolynâ€™s Compassionate Childrenâ€ť (CCC) a non-profit organization that began as a pen-pal program for kids with cancer. As the years passed, Carolyn â€śgrew upâ€ť with many of her friends with cancer, and saw the financial difficulties they were facing when it came to paying for college. Often, these young people had so much medical debt that paying for school seemed out of the question. To address this need, CCC changed focus from just a pen-pal organization to one that provides scholarships and support to childhood cancer survivors. In addition to providing its own scholarships, today CCC features on its website the â€śCCCpedia,â€ť a database accessing information about more than 3,000 college scholarships for young adult cancer survivors.
A native of Boca Raton, Florida, in 2007 Carolyn graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Duke University with a BA in psychology. She began her PhD program in clinical psychology at Harvard University in the fall of 2008. Now age 24, in her free time she practices yoga, writes letters, and spends as much time as she can with her family, her friends, and her dog Lila Rose.
Carolyn has appeared on NBCâ€™s Today Show and Fox News Strategy Room, and has been profiled in the Boston Globe. Carolyn is a Featured Blogger on the Huffington Post and also blogs on Psychology Today.
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Books:Perseverance, October 2010