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College of Nursing

December 2022

Student in nursing uniform As a freshman at BYU, recent nursing graduate Shawen Bueckers registered to be a bone marrow donor. Two years later the Spokane, Washington, native got an unexpected call that she was a match for a one-year-old girl from Alaska who was suffering with leukemia. 

When it came time for the transplant procedure, Bueckers was gearing up for the rigors of her senior year in the nursing program. “Regardless of my studies, donating was something I wanted to do,” she says, adding that she’s glad she did. The transplant was a success, and the now two-year-old girl’s cancer is in remission. 

Bueckers says, “I have a deep desire to embrace how better to comfort those in need of comfort and how to help heal the body, mind, and spirit of those who are sick.”

“Regardless of my studies, donating was something I wanted to do.”

Donations of another kind have blessed Bueckers during her time at BYU. At a particularly busy point in her college career, she received a scholarship. “Those who give to the College of Nursing are not just supporting the college—they are providing a gift that changes a student’s life,” she says. “They are helping future nurses succeed.” 

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