Chrissy Mettler Nursing Scholarship Endowment
This scholarship was founded by Chrissy Mettler’s family.
Chrissy was born May 12, 1988, in Kwangju, South Korea. She came home to her forever family, parents Steve and Sharon Mettler, and big brother, Matt Mettler via LAX September 13, 1988.
Chrissy attended Mrs. Flippen’s Preschool, Olive Drive Elementary, Norris Middle School, Concordia Korean Language School in Minnesota, and Centennial High School. She graduated from California State University, Bakersfield with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. After finishing high school, she went to work part-time as a “gofer” for a local law firm, working her way to full-time marketing coordinator before her death at the age of 26.
She was a gifted athlete and loved the friends she made through sports. She danced and participated in karate while very young. She skied the fall line when she was four, easily transitioning to snowboarding. She did a little softball, swam, and played a little tennis. After her big brother showed her how to throw discus while she was in middle school she took first place. She ran like the wind in AYSO soccer and later on Centennial High School’s junior varsity soccer team. Having a natural golf swing, she participated in the Kern County Junior Golf Association and played on Centennial High School’s Valley Championship “Lady Hawks” golf team.
Besides her many wonderful friends, a great love in Chrissy’s life was music of all kinds. Chrissy also loved to travel, joining friends and family for trips from the beaches of Cancun and the canals of Holland to the temples of South Korea.
When she was 19 she received a series of vaccinations meant to prevent her from contracting cervical cancer in her old age. She almost immediately noticed symptoms that led to her being diagnosed by UCLA Medical Center physicians as aplastic anemia. UCLA kept her alive for five and a half years, during which she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Communications. She died from complications of a bone marrow transplant shortly after sunrise Sunday, December 14, 2014, in UCLA’s intensive care unit.
Chrissy had a delightful sense of humor and the ability to see the absurd. Courageous and uncomplaining, she maintained her lovely disposition throughout her life, leaving a hole beyond measure in many lives.
Chrissy spent a great deal of time with the medical profession, receiving amazing care and concern from UCLA Medical Center. Just before her death, she was exploring the colleges where she could earn a second bachelor’s degree —in nursing.
Her family believes this to be a fitting memorial to our wonderful daughter and sister. It is given in her memory and in appreciation for the wonderful care she received at UCLA Medical Center. Calling her scholarship “The Chrissy” is very much in character for her. Her family would appreciate that designation.