Brain Cancer, Twice, Did Not Stop Kent State Student from Graduating

Gina Cortese is an inspiration to everyone she meets.

On her road to graduation at Kent State University, Cortese not only overcame homework, exams and projects, she also overcame two bouts of brain cancer, endless surgeries and paralysis that forced her to relearn how to walk and talk.

But despite the odds, Cortese is graduating on Saturday with a degree in educational studies from Kent State's College of Education, Health and Human Services. She also earned a minor in sociology from Kent State's College of Arts and Sciences, and a minor in nonprofit management from Kent State's School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences.

After graduation, Cortese hopes to work with cancer patients. She has created a nonprofit organization, Gina’s Journey, that collects hats for children who have lost their hair from chemotherapy. Click here to learn more about Gina’s Journey.

WKYC-TV featured Cortese and how she overcame the obstacles with the help of University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center. Click here to watch the video. 

POSTED: Friday, December 18, 2015 - 10:59am
UPDATED: Friday, December 22, 2017 - 1:28pm
Kristin Anderson