Keri Cronin’s journey is a testament to remarkable resilience. Diagnosed with Stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at 25, during her second year at Cooper Medical School, she faced a daunting prognosis but persevered. Despite undergoing chemotherapy and numerous challenges, Cronin graduated from medical school and is now in remission, aiming to become an oncologist to help other cancer patients like herself. Cronin’s battle with cancer followed years of dealing with granulomatosis with polyangiitis, a rare blood vessel disorder she endured from ages 8 to 16. The treatment's severe side effects made her self-conscious and sidelined her from sports. These experiences fueled her desire to become a doctor, deeply understanding the impact of compassionate care. After regaining her strength, Cronin ran 54 miles for cancer research and completed a significant race, beating her previous time. She will begin her internal medicine residency at Mount Sinai in July, with plans for an oncology fellowship. Reflecting on her journey, she proudly states, "The dream is real now."

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