An estimated 35% of college students do not have any medical insurance. For one Texas Tech student this turned into tragedy when she was diagnosed with cancer.
Lyndee Antilley has undergone two major surgeries and a number of treatments in dealing with her cancer. The medical treatment has left her with an outstanding amount of medical bills. So, a "Fun Run" was held in Antilley's honor at Texas Tech on Saturday to help raise money for her medical expenses.
The 23-year-old Tech student was diagnosed with liposarcoma cancer in late 2004. "She didn't have medical insurance, so she's got tons of medical bills. So, were just out here to help raise some money to help her financially," said Antilley's boyfriend Kenny Furr.
"It's hard you know, thinking that it is going to bankrupt you. They add up real quick to the hundreds and thousands of dollars. It's definitely hard to know you have all that to pay," said Antilley.
Even after fighting with cancer and not knowing how long the medical bills will haunt her, Antilley still holds a positive out look on life. "If you allow cancer to bring you down it's going to be a lot worse. So, I just learned to keep my head up and know that I am going to be a survivor," stated Antilley.
"She's a fiery, strong-willed person and she's going to beat it. She's going to do it," said Furr. "She is such an inspiration to others. Shes been so strong through it all. And I think she just deserves a day where it is all about her," said Fun Run organizer Tamsin Rash.
The walk was also held to help raise awareness of the importance of having medical insurance. "Unfortunately I did not have any insurance and that's what a lot of this run is to try to get out is how important it is to have insurance," said Antilley.
"I just want people to realize the importance of Lyndee's situation. Such as how important it is to have medical insurance because you never know when something like her situation can happen to you," stated Rash.
If you would like to make a donation to help Lyndee, there is a fund set up as Lyndee's Medical Fund at any Lubbock branch of Plains Capital Bank.