Health Scare Inspires New Path for Kinesiology Student

By Eric Breier

Freshman Juliana Abraham receives a surprise visit from Crash to welcome her to CSUSM. Abraham, who overcame brain tumors on two separate occasions, received a grant from Make-A-Wish San Diego to help pay for college.
Photo by Andrew Reed

Juliana Abraham’s epiphany about what to do with her life occurred when she was barely a teenager.

Abraham’s life to that point had been devoted to gymnastics, the sport she loved and excelled at on a national level. At 12 years old in 2015, she was consistently winning competitions and posting impressive scores as a Level 9 gymnast, just one stage from reaching the final level in the Junior Olympics program. If she advanced to Level 10 and successfully performed all of the required skills, she would have an opportunity to try out for the Elite program – the group of gymnasts from which Olympians are selected. Read more…