Emily Lohrenz served as a caregiver for her mother, Susan. In addition to caring for her mother she also made sure that her younger brother and sister had a sense of normalcy. After 4 years in ROTC, and a plan to join the Air Force upon graduation, Emily found herself in the role of a caregiver following her mother’s breast cancer diagnosis. Emily quickly became a chauffeur, motivational speaker, nurse, pharmacist, patient advocate, cook, housekeeper and temporary mom to her younger siblings. It’s said that ROTC teaches leadership and life skills, but her experience as a caregiver taught her many lessons about compassion, resilience, and responsibility. Emily went from timid kid to a strong confident adult all while supporting her mother through diagnosis and treatment.