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Conor Goetz is a student at Cornell University. He has volunteered for years at the Walter Reed military hospital with soldiers recovering from injuries received in Iraq and Afghanistan and has also volunteered with a nonprofit that raises funds to support cancer research.
Conor Goetz is an undergraduate at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He has volunteered with the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, and Bethesda, MD., and with the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, working for an organization called Cause that provides assistance to injured soldiers and their families. Conor is also Vice President of the Beat Cancer Foundation.
The Beat Cancer Foundation raises fund to support out-of-the-box cancer research conducted at The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins. Government funding for cancer research is often risk-adverse and thus tends to fund projects that are likely to produce, at best, incremental progress, rather than significant steps to curing cancer. Thus, the Beat Cancer Foundation looks for novel research that offers hope for breakthrough discoveries in the war on cancer. The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center was opened in 1973 and is one of the leading centers in the world for cancer research and treatment.
Goetz also enjoys film, comedy, and sports. He played varsity football and lacrosse in high school, until four knee surgeries curtailed his athletic career.
Conor Goetz earned his high school degree in 2011 while attending St. Albans School in Washington, DC. A college preparatory school, St. Albans gave Goetz a head start on his future. This prestigious institution enrolls less than 600 students from grades 4-12. Founded in 1909, St. Albans carries a long tradition of graduating top-notch students. With 32 percent enrolling in Ivy League schools, the graduates of this institution often go on to successful careers and futures.
While attending St. Albans, Conor Goetz was awarded the Headmaster’s Award for community service. This is also where he groomed his special interests in sports and physical fitness. Conor Goetz played on both the varsity football team and varsity lacrosse team for his school and was an editor of and writer for the school newspaper.
Goetz began volunteering at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center outside Washington, DC in 2007, working for an organization called Cause. Among other programs, Cause has a digital entertainment library at Walter Reed and other military hospitals that provides DVDs and video games at no cost to soldiers recovering from other devastating injuries. Recent research indicates that video games provide not only much needed relaxation and diversion, but also have therapeutic value in treating those suffering from PTSD and in soldiers who have endured amputations and are undergoing rehabilitation. In addition, because so many injured soldiers are on strong pain medication or have suffered traumatic brain injury, movies and video games may provide the best opportunity for relaxation and some sense of normalcy in otherwise difficult times. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, more than 250,000 soldiers have suffered a traumatic brain injury in Iraq and Afghanistan and more than 1500 have suffered amputations. Goetz volunteered for Cause in the digital entertainment library at Walter Reed on most Sundays throughout his four years of high school.
After his junior year of high school, Goetz was awarded a fellowship to volunteer during the summer at the American military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany. The Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, in Landstuhl, Germany, is the largest American military hospital outside the United States and has often been the first stop for soldiers injured in the military theatres in Iraq and Afghanistan. At Landstuhl, Conor also worked at the digital entertainment library established by Cause. He very much enjoyed getting to know many of the wounded warriors, many of whom were headed back to the military theatres in Iraq or Afghanistan as soon as they recovered sufficiently.
Goetz's work with injured soldiers for Cause was recognized on Veterans Day in 2011. Cause invited Goetz to speak about his volunteer experience at its annual gala held at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC. More than 500 people attended the event, including senior military brass.
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