Meet Dennis Wai – 2016 Courage Award Recipient

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DennisWai_HeadshotDennis Wai struggled a lot as a young boy diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. His right arm and shoulder has gone through many treatments and surgeries, but after long hurdles and tough challenges, he was able to pull through. More importantly, he was able to move on with his life and excel in his career.  He continued on to college and studied very well, and in his spare time he would volunteer in hospitals and clinics. After college, he went on to obtain a license to become a clinical laboratory scientist. At 27 years old, Dennis is now a clinical laboratory scientist at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. It is a job that constantly keeps him motivated to do better, and gives him the opportunity to work in the exciting health care field and be part of the patient care system. His work has helped him understand what it is like to be on the other side of the patient bed. Dennis is truly grateful for his opportunity to work at this prestigious hospital, which always has the highest standards when it comes to patient care. His past experiences in hospitals inspired him on how important good, quality care is and it is his goal to improve patient care within his field and to uphold current standards.

For Dennis, the fight on cancer didn’t end with being cured. He continues to experience slight physical weakness in his arms and shoulders. After all, some things can’t just simply be replaced and over the years, but he has learned to adapt to it. He continues to adapt and strives to become stronger, so he tries to exercise at least twice a week to not merely just maintain his current arm strength but to be better.  Dennis is grateful for what the doctors were able to give back to him, and he is now cancer free and enjoys life graciously. He spends his holidays traveling the world and hopes to travel to as many countries as possible. He is an explorer that likes to learn new things every day, and the experiences and cultures from all parts of the world always intrigue him.

Dennis is very honored to receive the Courage Award from the Sarcoma Foundation of America and would like to dedicate this award to his parents and family who supported him.  He would also like to dedicate the award to all of those who have suffered from Sarcoma. Hopefully, the Sarcoma Foundation of America will continue to provide support to others in the Sarcoma community.

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