Conway pediatric cancer survivors Amy Amerson, 22, and Blythe Joyner, 20, are among 20 pediatric cancer survivors selected this year to receive Dennis Jungmeyer Scholarships valued at $2,500 each and awarded by the Central Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute’s foundation in Little Rock.
Diagnosed with a Wilm’s Tumor at age 2, Amerson is enrolled at South University in Savannah, Ga., where she is pursuing online studies in health science. A graduate of Heber Springs High School, Amerson resides in Conway with her husband, Chris Amerson, and their daughter, Lillianna. She is the daughter of Mary and Melvin Garrett of Quitman.
Diagnosed with osteosarcoma at age 13, Joyner attends the University of Central Arkansas where she is majoring in biology/pre-dental studies. She is the daughter of Laurie and Britt Joyner of Conway.
Presented annually to current or former CARTI pediatric cancer patients, the scholarships are named in honor of Dennis Jungmeyer, of North Little Rock. Jungmeyer is a CARTI Foundation board member and prostate cancer survivor.
Amerson also received recognition as a recipient of the Central Arkansas Best Buy Fellowship Award. Presented for study in the liberal arts, the award is sponsored by Best Buy locations in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Bryant, Conway and Hot Springs.
Joyner was also named as the recipient of the Matthew Blake Benton Memorial Fellowship Award. Sponsored by Conway residents Virginia and Mark Benton in memory of their late son and former Jungmeyer Scholar Blake Benton, the award is presented for study specifically at UCA.
Recipients of the 15th annual CARTI Kids Dennis Jungmeyer Scholarship Awards were honored at a special presentation ceremony held May 30 at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock. First Lady Ginger Beebe assisted Jungmeyer in presenting scholars with their awards.
The Z. Lynn Zeno Award was presented to Central Arkansas Best Buy Stores for outstanding philanthropic leadership and volunteerism on behalf of the CARTI Kids program.
CARTI is an independent, nonprofit network of cancer care facilities with centers located in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Benton, Conway, Mountain Home and Searcy. The CARTI Foundation was incorporated in 1983 as a nonprofit organization to assist CARTI in meeting the current and future needs of Arkansas cancer patients and their families.
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