On Friday, August 25th, our Megan lost her battle with glioblastoma, a particularly aggressive form of brain cancer. Megan was only 21 when she passed, but she had already accomplished so much. In her honor and in the spirit of continuing her work, we are establishing a scholarship fund in her name. Megan had a passion for life that moved her to help others. She dedicated her time to the study of Sustainable Business at IU’s Kelley School of Business, helping companies develop practices that were both environmentally and fiscally responsible. She wanted to make a global impact by assisting people in underdeveloped areas and empowering them with the tools they need to alleviate their own suffering. She also strongly believed in the importance of motivating others to aid her in her cause. At IU, Megan was a student leader in the Kelley Institute for Social Impact, served as President of Net Impact, participated on the Undergraduate Chair’s Advisory Council, and studied as both an ACE Scholar and a Herbert Presidential Scholar. Megan was passionate about making voices heard and was fluent in both American Sign Language and Spanish. After participating in a mission trip to Ecuador, she returned the following summer to continue her Spanish language training with an internship at the Quito Botanical Garden, where she fell in love with the orchids and tiger lilies. Continuing her language training and passion for helping others, last summer Megan interned at the Public Health Ministry in Seville, Spain, where she researched the use of UAVs (drones) in health emergencies. In addition, Megan was the 2012 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Girl of the Year (Indiana Chapter) and helped to raise over $500,000 for the Society. She also served as the 2011 Riley Children’s Hospital Champion, where she spoke at numerous fundraising engagements. In honor of Megan, we are establishing a scholarship fund for students who share her passion for helping others. The Megan Marie Yoder Award for Sustainable Business will be awarded annually to students who desire to make the world a better place and whose work focuses on business practices that are sustainable both economically and environmentally. We aim to empower students to continue her legacy and impact the world. Megan had a passion for life and a love for nature, and felt a calling to do her part to protect the environment. As an avid scuba diver, she treasured the oceans and her time underwater. She traveled the world and loved visiting our country's national and state parks. As a photographer, Megan tried to help others see the beauty of God’s creations. She loved people and did her best to inspire. We are certainly inspired by her. Funds collected on this page will be dedicated to establishing this scholarship in Megan's name. If you would like your gift to go to the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University to fund research into a cure for glioblastoma, please let us know in the message field of your donation.
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