Rachel Scott

Portraits in Chickasaw Strength and Resilience

At the age of 12, Chickasaw citizen Rachel Scott was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, one of the most aggressive forms of childhood cancer, but her journey to recovery is a testament to her unconquerable spirit and strength. "There's nothing like the pain of seeing your child suffer, knowing that you can't do anything," explains Rachel's father, Bryce Scott. Rachel recounts how the Chickasaw Nation supported her and her family throughout her treatment and that her strong background helped her regain her strength. Now a cancer survivor, her life-changing experience has inspired her to be a source of support for other children battling childhood cancer. Rachel says that she wants to be a pediatrician when she grows up so she can help other kids like her. "She wants to let them know that she's been where they are and she knows what they're going to have to face," says her mother, Cindy Scott. "But she wants to encourage them that they can get through it, too."