Hayley Cheyney Kane dancing

What scents your childhood memories? For sophomore Hayley Cheyney Kane, the answer is hand sanitizer. She spent almost three years practically living at the Kapiolani Medical Center in Honolulu with her younger sister, who had leukemia.

Kane chose SPU because of its premed track, which has an 85 percent medical school acceptance rate. She’s part of the BioCORE Scholars program for students of color studying biology. “School is stressful, and you really need a good community to support you,” she says.

Kane has stayed connected to her Hawaiian roots through SPU’s Hawai’i club, ‘Ohana. Her goal is to be a pediatric oncologist back in Hawaii one day. “There’s a need for doctors with a cultural perspective,” she says. “I want to be that for people.”

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