Hometown Hero

What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.Albert Pine


During eighth period on Jan. 20, I listened on the phone as my doctor said, “you have cancer.” I had heard those words twice before, but these words now caused me more despair than they had years back. Mucosal Malignant Melanoma – sounded like “death” and “suffering” to me.

But my students had more faith than I did. They kept telling me everything would be okay. Friends told me that I had to fight and do anything possible.

So that was what I did. After listening to oncologists and fighting insurance companies, I found a ray of hope at the end of the tunnel at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Each step of the way, God answered prayers and opened doors to show me that life was worth living and how not to give up. I am now going through radiation, which is being made possible by donations of sick leave days and offerings of strangers who believed that together they could make a difference.

I want students to know that life is not what we expect will happen, but what happens when we look beyond ourselves and think of others. Go and Bless someone else today.