Be a Hero, Become a Donor Newsletter
January 13, 2013

Letter of Recommendation
Katherine Tengan

To Whom It May Concern,

This letter of recommendation is written on behalf of Katherine Tengan, who is applying for a scholarship from The Frank M. and Gertrude R. Doyle Foundation, Inc.

Katherine reached out to me in the summer of 2011 with the desire to be part of the work of our foundation.  The Be A Hero Become A Donor Foundation was started in honor of 9 year old Evan Cousineau. He was diagnosed with the metabolic genetic disease, Adrenoleukodystrophy, at the age of 9 1/2, and passed away six months later after a valient fight.  Evan had HOPE only due to a bone marrow transplant and the donors that provided the life saving cells to him.  The foundation raises awareness, educates and provides opportunity for individuals to share their vital resources by donating blood regularly, donating their baby's cord blood, as well as committing to the national bone marrow and organ/tissue registries.

Katherine had been privy to our journey with Evan since she is a fellow water polo player and followed our family's fight via Evan's Caringbridge site.  Much of our work is getting high school students involved, not only as donors, but to educate their peers. Katherine began volunteering at community events in August of 2011 and started a "Be A Hero Become A Donor Club" chapter at Fountain Valley High School this school year.  She is not only a compassionate human being, but stepped beyond the typical high school student comfort zone and started volunteering with our foundation.  Unlike other community service opportunities where students might raise funds or have projects they are part of, volunteers with BAHBAD must interact one on one with strangers at community events which most people are not comfortable with.  Volunteers must know the facts about being a bone marrow donor as well as being able to communicate this information quickly and effectively so they can keep the individuals interest and then potential recruit them to become a donor on the spot.  

Recently I learned of Katherine's desire to become a nurse and am thrilled she has chosen this career.  While our son was hospitalized for over 5 months during his bone marrow transplant, we were the recipients of wonderful care by dozens of nurses and forever grateful for their compassionate care.  

Katherine is the ideal candidate for The Frank M. and Gertrude R. Doyle Foundation scholarship, which will allow her to pursue her education in nursing to become a productive, prosperous, and resourceful community member, which is the mission of the foundation.


Gina Cousineau, Executive Director

Be A Hero Become A Donor Foundation




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