Student Kaitlin Gallagher Wins Tri-Valley Hero Award for Courage

Friday, October 21, 2016
Photo of Kaitlin Gallagher

PLEASANTON WEEKLY -- Gallagher, the Courage recipient for battling through cancer with optimism and using her experience to help others, told the audience that she is cancer-free and working three jobs while attending San Francisco State University. The 20-year-old from Pleasanton said it took this experience for her to realize that “courage happens every single day.”

“It takes courage to give back to the community that gave courage to me,” Gallagher said. “It is because of you all that I have won this award — it is because of your courage that keeps me courageous.”

Sharing her story with groups large and small comprised of people from all walks of life, Gallagher raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, pointing out that every dollar donated to fight cancer counts, “as does every minute volunteered for the cause.”