“HOW YOU TACKLE LIFE AND MOVE FORWARD DETERMINES WHERE YOU CAN GO.”
– EISHA HOOF
Lyeisha (Eisha) Hoof
Erin Tierney Kramp Encouragement Scholarship recipient, El Centro College
It’s a testament to Lyeisha (Eisha) Hoof’s positive attitude that she’s able to see the blessings and not just the challenges of her life. It’s also one of the main reasons that the single mother of a special needs child was awarded an Erin Tierney Kramp Encouragement Scholarship, rewarding courage and perseverance in the face of adversity.
Raised and strongly influenced by her grandmother “Mammo” her first ten years, Eisha was deeply impressed with the nurses who cared for her grandmother after triple bypass surgery. She decided then that she’d like to become a nurse some day. With enough credits at El Centro College to complete a general associate degree, she’s now awaiting acceptance to the Associate Degree Nursing program to fulfill that lifelong dream.
Her Son’s Challenges Become A Gift
It’s been a bumpy road, though. When son Wilson, now three, was born with a rare growth disorder, Eisha’s husband left and took everything with him. “He couldn’t handle having a child with special needs,” says Eisha. “I could have given up then. But I chose to pick up the pieces of that shattered life and fight, which I do every day.”
Spending Wilson’s first 95 days of life in the hospital reconfirmed her passion to become a nurse. Though her son still spends more time in the hospital than out of it, Eisha began classes at El Centro in 2014. “Fighting for my son fuels my ambition every day,” she says. “I’m doing everything full force, because someone else is depending on me not to give up.”
Dreaming Of Helping Others
Eisha plans to complete an associate degree in nursing, then earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing. Her dream is to one day open her own clinical practice for women and children. “Having a child with special needs weighs on you physically, mentally and emotionally,” she says. “I’d like to offer a wide variety of services to help people having a hard time.
“I’d also like to start two foundations; one would be a mentorship program in honor of my grandmother,” says Eisha. “The other would be a scholarship fund to give a hand up to someone as the Kramp scholarship has given to me, to give them that opportunity to achieve their dreams.
“My grandmother always said that if I can help someone along the way, then my life is not in vain. I’m determined to continue the fight and put my best foot forward every day.”