Towson student loses battle to cancer
Cara Becker, a Towson University student, died over winter break Dec. 31, succumbing to a five-month-long battle with leukemia.
Becker, 21, lived in Towson and was working to become an entrepreneur.
Becker was diagnosed in late August 2012. Senior Adam Klein, Becker’s boyfriend of two years, said that Becker’s type of cancer, acute promyelocytic leukemia, had a high percentage of being curable, so her death came as a shock to her family and friends.
Becker had received 70 days of chemotherapy at Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins.
Becker originally withdrew from Towson when she was diagnosed, though Klein said she had registered for spring classes and was excited to return to the University.
“At the very end she was at the height of her mental ability, she wanted to move on with her life, but she learned how to deal with it,” he said. “I was with her through almost every step. I was with her in the emergency room when she first had the unusual blood work come back, which made the doctors think something was wrong, and I was with her the night she was diagnosed officially, and I was with her the night she passed away.”
Becker was known for being a caring person, Klein said, and would often befriend the homeless that she and Klein would encounter on walks through Towson.
Often, Becker would make a bagged lunch for some of them on a regular basis.
“She also liked to go three floors below to the kids who were getting treated with cancer and bring them candy or other snacks,” Klein said.
Becker’s father, Eric, also described Becker as giving during a eulogy he gave at her funeral, the Baltimore Sun reported.
“She and her friend Mandy would get on their bicycles in the neighborhood and against my wishes would literally stop traffic to collect money for different causes,” he said to the Sun. “On the day after 9/11, they collected money for the Red Cross.”
Becker is survived by her parents, Eric and Jill Becker, brothers Greg and Jake Becker, her paternal grandparents Gordon Becker of Towson and Rita Becker of Baltimore, her maternal grandparents Larry and Alma Becker of Pikesville, and numerous cousins.