P4 Student Runs for Woman of the Year
Published on 14 April 2020
P4 student Sarah Noble, a Kansas City native, has been involved with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) since age 7 when she served as the Honored Patient for Team in Training in 1995 for the Mid-America chapter of the organization.
As a junior at St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 2015, Noble was encouraged by the Gateway chapter of LLS to run for the inaugural Student of the Year award. After raising nearly $10,000 during her Student of the Year campaign, Noble knew she wanted to do more, and she set her sights on becoming Woman of the Year.
"Pharmacy has allowed me to meet a lot of people," Noble said. "Since running for Student of the Year, I have been able to connect people I have met from my time as an undergraduate to the people I have met through rotations and professional organizations. There are still a lot of steps left to have a successful run for Woman of the Year, but it's becoming more real and tangible."
As Noble nears graduation, the growth she has had during her time at the College has allowed her to approach her Woman of the Year campaign with more confidence and strengthened skills. From participating in social and professional organizations to lab research opportunities, she has seen firsthand how her many educational experiences at the College have served as an opportunity to learn and grow.
"My time at the College and on rotations has really clarified the path I want to pursue in pharmacy," Noble shared. "Right now, pediatric hematology oncology is the field I am most passionate about. As I embark on my Woman of the Year campaign, I am once again looking forward to supporting an organization that I am deeply invested in and having the chance to bring together my personal and professional passions."
Noble has set an ambitious fundraising goal for her Woman of the Year campaign with a total of $50,000 in mind. The goal represents the minimum amount needed for the proceeds to support pediatric hematology oncology research. Having the ability to provide this type of support for cancer research has been a long held dream of Noble's.
As a child, Noble was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia, and at the time it was considered a more common and treatable cancer. But when she relapsed with the Philadelphia chromosome a few years later, treatments for her evolved cancer had not been thoroughly researched at the time. Through continued research efforts from the Children's Oncology Group and other hospitals and organizations, Noble was able to get the first cord blood transplant at Children's Mercy Kansas City in 1997.
"My transplant is now 22 years old," Noble said. "For my 20th anniversary, I wrote letters to some of the people who helped make my transplant possible. One of them was the doctor who ran the New York Blood Center, which at the time was the only place in the country that had cord blood. Research saved my life in a way, which is part of why my dream is to go into pediatric hematology oncology research. I don't think I am going to cure cancer necessarily, but I hope that I can make a difference and maybe even contribute to the treatment of other cancers."
Noble's Woman of the Year campaign runs until June 27 when LLS will present the award for highest amount fundraised at the Grand Finale Celebration at St. Louis Union Station.