Fadwa’s Story

To say Fadwa is driven is an understatement. She doesn’t dream of becoming a surgical nurse, she is actively taking steps to make it happen. And to make her mother proud.

Fadwa lost her mother to cancer when she was just 13 years old. Her father expected Fadwa to assume her mother’s responsibilities and moved the family often, keeping them distanced from any extended family. She was not allowed to have friends or participate in extracurricular activities. She attended five different high schools and managed to maintain excellent grades while she cooked, cleaned, and took care of her two brothers and father.

At 17, she was abandoned by her father and placed in SCO’s foster care program. SCO helped stabilize the teen, placed her with a foster family, and eventually was able to locate a maternal aunt who opened her heart and home to her long-lost niece through kinship foster care.

Despite her early challenges, Fadwa stays focused on the opportunities ahead of her. SCO’s foster care staff helped her prepare for college; guiding her through the application process and helping her achieve both a Dream USA Scholarship and a Youth in Foster Care Award.  Currently a student at Borough of Manhattan Community College, SCO helped her secure an internship with a surgeon at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Fadwa’s goal is to keep her GPA high enough to get into nursing school. And we have no doubt she will achieve this and so much more.

 

 

Help make this holiday season merry and bright for the babies, children, youth and adults who need us most.

Here are 7 ways you can support:

1. Give to SCO – Your support helps us provide life-changing services year-round.

2. Amazon Wishlist

3. Donate toys and more to our Holiday Gift Drive – Visit our Target Holiday Registry

4. Adopt a Program – Find out how your business or community group can adopt one of our programs for the holidays
For more information about our Holiday Gift Drive or how you or your organization can adopt a program, please contact Marnie Katzman at 631.643.8800 x0155 or mkatzman@sco.org

5. Shop Amazon Smile – Amazon will donate to SCO every time you shop, at no cost to you. Choose SCO Foundation as your charity at https://smile.amazon.com/
Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support SCO every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that the more you shop the more you help the children and families we serve. Remember to sign up at smile.amazon.com and select SCO Foundation.

6. Like us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram– Connect with on social media and see how we’re making a difference every day.

7. Join our #ThanksforGiving campaign on social media and share your #MySCOStory. Reshare our Facebook fundraiser with your friends and family.

Happy Holidays From Our Family To Yours!

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