Dear NYU Loyal Supporters,

I’ve always had a passion for science. But when I was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 15, I saw up close just how much science and medicine mattered. The doctors and nurses who cared for me were an inspiration—endlessly brilliant and compassionate. By the time I’d been through that initial round of treatment, I knew what I wanted to do with my life. I wanted to help other kids overcome this terrifying diagnosis.

I knew there was no better place to start my journey than NYU. It’s one of the most respected pre-med programs in the country, in the greatest city in the world. My parents were overjoyed when I was accepted; it was an opportunity we all wanted. But we’re a low income, Cuban-American family. Excitement wouldn’t cover the cost of an NYU education. For that, I needed help. That’s why I’m writing today to NYU parents, past and present. You understand the financial aspect of sending your loved one off to school. And as one of our most Loyal supporters, I know you fully understand how critical your continued generosity is to maintaining accessibility for remarkable NYU students.

It’s donors, including NYU parents, who fund my scholarship, and who provide support for underrepresented students. And your gift today will help others like me—overachievers with big dreams, but few resources—get to NYU, a place they’ve earned, but can’t afford.

My scholarship has given me so much, and has inspired me to give back. Before arriving at NYU, I rarely spoke about my cancer experience. But I’m now on the Executive Board of NYDM (New York Dance Marathon)—an organization that raises awareness and funds to fight childhood cancer. I even gave a short talk at the annual dance event—to over 500 people! That’s something I never thought I’d do.

I plan to become a pediatric oncologist, and spend my life helping others survive. That’s the significance of your support. It goes forward. Please, consider renewing your gift today. It’s not just a dollar amount. For a lot of deserving but underprivileged students, it’s the bridge towards fulfilling their dreams. Thank you.

Julia Gutierrez (CAS ’21)