Straight A* teen to join fight against cancer after being inspired by family’s battle with disease
A teenager who lost two grandparents to cancer is on the path to helping others with the disease after her straight A* grades have seen her accepted to study nuclear medicine at university.
Leah Morgan, 18, achieved top A-level grades in mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics and will now take up her place at Swansea University where she will learn to work with radiation therapy.
Leah, from Bedwas, is one of a handful of learners in Wales to be awarded an NHS Bursary which will see her tuition fees paid for by NHS Wales and Welsh Government, and a job working in nuclear medicine guaranteed upon completion of her degree.
The star learner even decided against applying for a place at the University of Oxford despite her amazing results such was her commitment to helping other people with cancer, after being inspired by her own family experience.
Leah said: “I’d developed a love of science through school, and for the last few years I’ve wanted to work in a field that deals with cancer. My two grandparents had cancer which opened my eyes to it, before they unfortunately died.
“There’s only two places in the UK that do my course, so it’s a really niche subject. I thought about Oxford, but it wouldn’t be for the specific course I wanted to do. Nuclear medicine is really tailored to me.”
On the course Leah will learn to work with radiation therapy to treat cancer patients as well as those suffering from neurological conditions.
Leah says it was her motivation to work in the field and battle cancer that helped her bounce back from a pre-Christmas low point when coronavirus lockdowns and loneliness began affecting her grades.
She added: “I had Covid 10 days before Christmas, so I had to isolate at a time when we were still allowed to socialise with friends before lockdown came in. After it did, I felt lonely, and I found my grades dropped a bit around January.
“But then my motivation kicked back in when I received my conditional offer from Swansea, which showed me I could make it. I saw what grades I needed to improve and studied double hard.”