second scholarship awarded by mkccr

The second Danna Mezin-Koats Scholarship was awarded to second year medical student, Emma Worthington in 2017. Emma is determined to make sure her future patients get screened for colon cancer, as she writes in her testimonial below:

"Over the past four months I’ve been bombarded with information. Second year of medical school is not much different than the first in terms of volume, but I guess we just learn how to handle it a bit better. It’s been a blur. However, one moment stuck out to me. I was sitting in our lecture hall in October, and the physician at the front of the room began with the following statistic: “Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in men and women, and the second most common cause of cancer deaths.”

I whipped my head up from my laptop and stared at the words on the projector, as if I didn’t believe him. Second most common cause of cancer deaths?? How did I not know this?? My mind immediately wandered to Mezin-Koats Colon Cancer Research and the Danna Mezin-Koats Scholarship created by her husband  and which the University of Minnesota awarded me. I was overwhelemed with humility and gratitude, but also fueled with determination as I continued listening to our lecturer list the many screening tests for colon cancer prevention. In that moment, I promised myself that I will do everything I can to make sure my future patients are properly screened for colon cancer.

That moment made me realize how unique this scholarship is. Not only has this generous contribution to my education helped to ease my financial fear of the future, but it’s also made me more aware and passionate about colon cancer and, as a future provider, the pivotal role I play in catching it early.

I am deeply honored to be selected as a recipient of this scholarship. I want to thank MKCCR, the Danna Mezin-Koats Scholarship Fund and the University of Minnesota from the bottom of my heart. I have tremendous respect and admiration for everything you do."

Guts and Grace Video Makes Its Debut

Many thanks to Sandy Muschenheim and the team at Story Stick Marketing for creating an impactful video about Mezin-Koats Colon Cancer Research and the work being done at the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota. It features patients, doctors, caregivers and researchers – vividly bringing the message of why donations matter to life.

Guts and Grace Video

Share with friends on Facebook and Twitter to spread colon cancer awareness and use the hashtag #GutsAndGrace.

 Emma Worthington (right), recipient of the 2017 Danna Mezin-Koats Scholarship, at her White Coat Ceremony, with her advisor, Dr. Tseganesh Selameab

Emma Worthington (right), recipient of the 2017 Danna Mezin-Koats Scholarship, at her White Coat Ceremony, with her advisor, Dr. Tseganesh Selameab