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Oklahoma Christian scholarship honors legacy of Rebecca Stafford


OKLAHOMA CITY — Rebecca Stafford lives on eternally. Now her legacy will live on in the lives of nursing students who dedicate themselves to serving others.
Oklahoma Christian University announced recently the Rebecca Stafford Endowed Scholarship for Nursing.
Stafford, 20, died March 10, 2012, after a three-year battle with cancer. She completed her first year of studies at OC while undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments for Ewing’s sarcoma.
She is the daughter of Tonda Stafford, longtime administrative assistant for The Christian Chronicle, and her husband, Barry. The family attends the Memorial Road Church of Christ in Edmond, Okla.
“Rebecca wanted to spend as much time as she could as a normal student. Students and people three or four times her age saw her and were inspired,” OC president John deSteiguer said. The scholarship “is a remarkable tribute to the donors, to the family, to Rebecca and to God.”
Nursing students and faculty rallied around Rebecca as she battled cancer.
“During Rebecca’s illness, nurses were family,” Tonda Stafford said. “This scholarship can work for the good after everything she went through. It’s what we see is needed because good Christian nurses are amazing.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION, see www.oc.edu/news.
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