Ray Lanzano Receives 2017 Reginald Anderson Caregiver ScholarshipAugust 11, 2017
With very special thanks to Gina Lowther, the CTBTA is proud to announce that this year's recipient of the Reginald Anderson Caregiver Scholarship is Raymond ("Ray") Lanzano.
Ray will be attending Springfield College in the fall and was recently awarded a $1,500 college scholarship from the CTBTA through the scholarship fund that Gina Lowther established in Reginald Anderson's memory.
Gina hosts events throughout the year, including a fun painting party, in order to raise funds for the scholarship, which her friends, family, and the community generously support. She presented this year's scholarship to Ray at a ceremony attended by members of CTBTA's Executive Board and by CTBTA Ambassador, Bill Shipman, who was also recognized for his service as Chairman of the 2016 CTBTA Golf Tournament.
Ray shared with the scholarship committee that his mom's diagnosis with brain tumor, while he was just a rising junior in high school, required him to take on many more responsibilities at home, in addition to pursuing his academic studies: driving his mom, helping her with her rehab, providing emotional and physical support, reminding her when to take her medication at the right times, and "being strong for her when she couldn't [be]." Ray added that being a caregiver takes "lots and lots of patience."
"It's not been easy having to see what my mom has gone through over the last almost two years," Ray noted, but he went on to say that he developed "something that I wouldn't have without it -- character...It's a real character builder to go through something like this and come out of it a mentally stronger person, while keeping my same positive attitude."
"This event defined who I am as a person," Ray writes, "loyal, loving, and most important thankful. I'm unbelievably thankful for the outcome of the surgery for my Mom's brain tumor."
Ray, you get an A+ in our book, and we wish you much success at Springfield College. It was an honor to be present when you received your scholarship and to see firsthand the love and gratitude that your mom has for you as well.