A Texas teen going through terminal most cancers urged her classmates to “attain for the sky, to infinity and past,” in a shifting commencement ceremony that was held a number of months early in her honor.
Iris Marquez, 17, first fought Ewing’s Sarcoma for a yr after medical doctors found it in her shoulder in 2015, Click on 2 Houston reported. However simply six months after being declared cancer-free, the illness reportedly returned and had allegedly unfold to her lung and rib cage.
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The teenager’s sister advised the information outlet that the Taylor Excessive Faculty pupil determined to forgo therapy and mentioned that she wouldn’t let it outline her senior yr, or miss out on milestones that she had been trying ahead to, together with commencement and promenade.
“She mentioned, ‘ what? I wish to graduate. I’m not going to overlook college. I’m not going to undergo with therapy,’” Marciela Marquez, the teenager’s sister, advised Click on 2 Houston.
As soon as phrase unfold, the college, which is part of the Alief Impartial Faculty District, organized for Marquez to obtain her diploma early, and ship a speech to her fellow graduating class.
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“I’m a Disney woman,” Marquez advised her classmates, in her speech’s opening strains, in keeping with a video shared by Click on 2 Houston. “I’ve battled pirates, dragons and evil queens. I’ve wished upon stars and flown to Neverland. I’ve dreamed inconceivable goals. I’ve seen elephants fly, I’m not afraid to achieve for the sky”
Marquez mentioned there have been instances in her 4 years of faculty the place she didn’t know if she may make it to class because of bodily ache or nausea from therapy, however that her associates, academics and faculty directors helped her alongside the best way.
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“Class of 2019, I’ve been chosen,” she mentioned within the speech, in keeping with NBC4i. “Farewell my associates, I’ve gone to a greater place.”