Brittany Kline-Hartman’s childhood in Medina, Ohio was not easy. Her mother was an addict and spent most of Brittany’s childhood in and out of prison as she attempted to overcome her demons. Unfortunately, Brittany would soon face her own. At eleven years old, Brittany was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Fortunately, a year later, she secured the final spot in an experimental drug program for children with brain tumors. However, this experience was a lot for a child to bear.
In her essay Brittany shared, “Over that time, my brain tumor shrunk to half of its size and became inactive. Ironically, although the strength of the tumor was dwindling in size and power, my depression was growing stronger with insurmountable intensity. The struggles had finally caught up to me, and I had no will left to live.”
After a suicide attempt, Brittany was checked into a hospital and after months of therapy and reflection she began to realize her own worth. The high school senior plans to attend the University of Akron and enjoys serving on her school’s student council, performing in the color guard, and playing rugby. Her and a group of friends have raised money as they walked for suicide awareness and prevention. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for adolescents and it is Brittany’s goal to bring awareness to this devastating and preventable act of despair.
As Brittany has found a zest for life and emerged from a dark place, she hopes to help others do the same.
Richie's Spirit Foundation congratulates Brittany Kline-Hartman on being selected as a finalist. Please stay tuned for the announcement of scholarship winners coming soon.