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Local partnership provides real-world experience

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Cecily Bader is a senior at Delta High School. She plans to become a pediatric oncologist and says working with the staff at the Tri-Cities Cancer Clinic these last few months has been invaluable.

"You can learn about cancer out of a text book, you can learn about radiation therapy out of a text book but until you get in there and meet the patient and see the tumor or turn on the radiation... You know, you're not learning about it really until you are actually doing it with your own hands," Bader said.

"The quality of the students and their level of interest has been amazing. They've brought a lot to the Cancer Center. They bring their youth and their inquisitive minds. It's just been a great experience for everyone," said Tri-Cities Cancer Center Executive Director Tom Cothren.

While the students learn more than they could have in a classroom, the school and the Cancer Center both come away with something from the internships, as well.

"It's great. They get to bring back real world examples and apply the things they've been doing in their classrooms and share that with their classmates. So Cecily can come back to a biology classroom and share some of the cool things she's been seeing and experiencing at her internship," said Delta High School teacher Emily Blankingship.

"It gives us an opportunity to show somebody else how wonderful it is at the Tri-Cities Cancer Clinic. How well we treat our patients and how dedicated our staff is," Cothren said.

The two entities plan to continue this partnership in the future.