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We celebrate the life and loving spirit of Ashlie Grace Carr (Class of 2021) with a memorial scholarship for graduate students in the Master of Science in Genetic Counseling program at Boise State University established by her mother Monique Tiffany and family friend, Caroline Sobota.
Ashlie was completing her senior year at Boise State when she passed away at age 28 of breast cancer. Ashlie was diagnosed at the very young age of 25 with a hereditary form of breast cancer. Her maternal grandmother died at age 35 and was the first in her family to be diagnosed with this disease. Ashlie’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 31 and it was found at that time that she carried a genetic mutation that increases the risk of breast cancer in addition to other cancers and often leads to early onset of the disease. Ashlie’s mother, who is now an oncology and genetics nurse, walked in the winter commencement ceremony in her daughter’s place to receive her posthumous degree in psychology.
The impact of hereditary cancer is devastating for families. It is Ashlie’s family’s hope that by creating more opportunities to educate genetics professionals who help identify and manage the risks of cancer for these families, that can help to stop the legacy of death in these families. The scholarship will be awarded to Genetic Counseling graduate students who are earning their degrees to help high-risk individuals and families assess their genetic conditions. In addition, the scholarship will further Boise State University’s mission and to encourage others to support Boise State University.