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Special Graduation for South Texas Student with Cancer
Updated: Thursday, June 5 2014, 10:52 AM CDT
It's every student's dream to cross the stage, signifying their graduation from high school, but for one senior, that wouldn't be possible.
Calallen senior Joshua Niño has been homebound, battling a rare form of cancer for the past three years. He's graduating, but he couldn't go to the ceremony, so his principal and all of his classmates decided to bring graduation to him. "We wanted to do something special for him. He has completed all of his courses and he deserves something to realize that there is still more to go," says Principal Yvonne Neth.
Niño had no clue, it was a complete surprise. Tears of joy ran down his face as his counselor dressed him in a cap and gown, and his fellow classmates lined up to participate in the ceremony. "Josh, we just wanted to come and congratulate you on meeting your requirements for graduation, so we wanted to give you a diploma," said Neth.
For many students this was sort of a reunion, since many had not seen Niño for a few months due to his illness. "I was really excited because if anybody deserves it, it's him. I know that it's been hard not being able to go to school and get to do all the prom and Project Graduation," said classmate Jillian Howell.
"It's a big step in my life and so (inaudible) everybody celebrated with me, in a way that I didn't expect, was very special," said Niño.
As for Niño's health, the family says chemo and radiation have not been working to fight his form of cancer. They are now trying an alternative herb treatment.