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Social Worker Who Died of Cancer this Year at 32 Will Be Awarded Master's from NKU

Northern Kentucky University will honor Brandi Fisher and her family with a posthumous Master of Social Work degree during the May 9 commencement ceremony at the Bank of Kentucky Center.

Fisher was diagnosed with stomach cancer in October and passed away in March at the age of 32.

She spent 11 years as a social worker with children, the elderly, the mentally ill, and those with substance-abuse problems, but she wanted to advance her career with an MSW.

“I have made a faithful commitment to, not only myself, but to this program...and my word I shall keep,” Fisher said in her January 2014 application to the advanced standing master's of social work program at NKU's College of Education and Human Services. “By completing this program, I hope to gain skills and knowledge in leadership and supervision. I hope to broaden and refresh current social work practices and modalities as well as enhance my research skills and knowledge base as I wold love to be a catalyst in social work change in my future.”

Fisher is survived by her husband and four children and a nephew the couple had raised.

“I don't think inspirational is a strong enough word to describe Brandi, but inspiration and hope is exactly what she made so many people feel,” said Heidi Waters, the graduate programs coordinator for the Department of Counseling, Social Work & Leadership. 

From NKU

Photo: Fisher and her family (via NKU)