S.O.A.R. Scholarship: Brain Surgery Survivor Wants To Help Others With Special Needs

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She is quiet, confident, and does not - will not - quit.

Those are three things that describe Bettendorf High School Senior Jadwin Woodall, whose life has been one big test.

"I had two brain tumors when I was 3 and 4 and that affected my learning a lot," she explained. "The doctors were saying I would never walk or talk again. They just kept saying that I would never be where I am now today."

The trauma from three brain surgeries put Jadwin in Special Ed, but the high school student - who is already taking college level courses - worked hard, pushed through, and even gave back.

"I was nominated to be a Make a Wish Child after my surgeries," Jadwin said. "My wish was to see the Princesses so they took me to Disney World."

"Seeing what Make a Wish did for me and my family, I love volunteering and helping them because I know how much it impacts everybody."

Jadwin's impact on others earned her the "Child of Inspiration" Award at the 2016 Make a Wish Gala.

"I love going to those events because I see all the children there and they're so happy there and so am I and seeing their stories and knowing that other people have gone through everything I have... it's just amazing," she said.

It's why WQAD News 8 is giving Jadwin a S.O.A.R. Scholarship, with the help of The Sedona Group.

"I'm really grateful, thankful," she said. "Just to get this is really big and seeing that my story impacted people is really great."

It will continue to. Jadwin is planning on following in her Special Ed Teacher's footsteps by attending Saint Ambrose University to Major in Early Childhood Education with a Minor in Special Education.

"I want to be that teacher for someone like the teachers were for me and be that big part of a child's life," said Jadwin.

The S.O.A.R. Scholarship is all about a student's Strength, Optimism, Achievements, and Resolve. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to five area high school seniors every year.

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