The 2014 Susan Fund Scholarship Reception honored 26 college students who have all coped with the diagnosis of cancer. They represent 18 towns in Fairfield County. The Center for Survivorship in Southport hosted the awards ceremony for the second year. Jeff Keith, co-founder of the Center, welcomed the recipients, families and guests. He stated, “We are proud to support The Susan Fund scholarship recipients by giving them a free membership to the Center.” Ann Lloyd, Chair of the Fund, spoke about its growth. It was established in 1982; that year there were six scholarship recipients who received a total of $3,000. To date, The Fund has awarded more than seven hundred scholarships totaling over $1,400,000.
This year’s reception featured two speakers and a singing performance by four-time scholarship recipient, Christina Carpanzano. She began the program with “The Physician” from the Cole Porter musical Nymph Errant. Her song set the stage for David Lloyd, Susan’s brother, who spoke about his memories of Susan. He reflected, “I always looked up to Susan. She was energetic, fearless and had a zest for life. Adversity doesn’t build character, rather it reveals character. Susan inspired us all.” The final speaker is a four-time Susan Fund Recipient, Brooke Lorenz. Brooke had prepared a speech. After listening to David, she spoke from her heart about her cancer experience in a very honest and touching way. Her illness was recent and her memories of her reactions to the diagnosis and the treatments were vivid. Brooke said that finding The Susan Fund helped her get through the trauma of the cancer. Being a Susan Fund recipient gave her the hope to go on with her life and her education.
The Susan Fund respects the courage of its recipients and honors these students as heroic examples of strength and vision. The awards reception reaffirms that The Susan Fund is the living testament of the legacy of the life of Susan Davis Lloyd in whose memory The Fund was created.