Released on May 16, 2022

Max Jones beat the odds and is now pursuing a career path in pediatric oncology thanks to the mentorship of his nurses, including a very special alumna, Delaney Postma ’15.

The story of this resilient student and the nurse who inspired him was covered by hundreds of NBC and CBS stations across the country in honor of National Nurse’s Week, which this year takes place May 6-12.

At 19-years-old, leukemia patient and University of Central Florida freshman Max Jones was the oldest “kid” in the pediatric oncology unit at AdventHealth in Orlando.

He developed a special connection with nurse Delaney Postma ’15BSN, who cared for him during his first month of treatment, his transplant and throughout it all served as a mentor — encouraging him with tips and career advice.

Now 23-years-old, cancer free, and a junior in UCF’s College of Nursing, Jones was selected to receive the Alfred I. duPont scholarship, and while filming an interview about the impact of the gift, the College of Nursing surprised him with a visit from Postma, who he had not seen since his treatment. Their emotional reunion was captured on camera.

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