Dear Family and Friends,
Gabrielle here. We had just finished eating our molten chocolate cakes last night--a celebratory dessert for the great news of my clear body scan--when Daniel checked his e-mail and found the news that HE HAS BEEN ADMITTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON SCHOOL OF MEDICINE for entrance in August 2013...graduation, Class of 2017!
To help you understand the magnitude of this news, first, I must tell you that it is an answer to a prayer I have prayed nearly daily for the last five years. The prayer went like this: "Lord--please help Daniel to get into med school close to home, preferably at the University of Washington, so he will be near us and be able to get in-state tuition and graduate with less debt." Steve, Renee, and Daniel have also been faithfully praying variations of this prayer for many months.
Second, Daniel would like to make it clear that he gives all thanks and praise to God for what he terms "this miracle" of getting into his first choice medical school. The odds were against him. There were 5,000 applicants which made for a 4% chance that he would be accepted. It is a stellar medical school, ranked number one in the country in primary care, family practice, and rural medicine, and ranked number two in the country in NIH funding for research. In fact, it is ranked in the top ten in eight out of ten categories in which U.S. News and World Report ranks medical schools. (Wow--I sound like I'm back on the development staff at the U of W where I started my fund raising career!) But despite the odds, we believe Daniel was in the 4% because God wanted him at this particular medical school. Only God knows all the reasons, of course. But from my perspective, I believe God knew before all of us did that I would be fighting cancer and that our family would need Daniel in THIS Washington, not the other one (WA DC where his second choice school is located).
We are so proud of Daniel--for his hard work, determination, and focus on the goal of medical school for this past five years. But first and foremost, we are proud of his good heart. It's a heart that loves God and loves people. And a heart that wants to serve people by helping them heal from illness and injury, offering compassionate care and hope to those who suffer.
And we are so thankful to God for this answered prayer on the same exact day we got the good news about my clear body scan. "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights..." (James 1:17)
Special thanks to all of you who have prayed with me for Daniel to get into the UW, and to Gordie Nygard, Dr. Koskela, Dr. Nelson, Dr. Long, and Dr. Streidl who believed in Daniel and wrote his letters or recommendation. And thanks to Dr. Cunningham and Dr. Ellenbogen at Children's who opened the doors for Daniel to have such incredible research and pediatrics learning experiences. Our hearts are full of gratitude to you all!
P.S. GO HUSKIES! :-)