Hodgkin's Lymphoma Diagnosis Motivates Teen

by: cancercompass

17 year old Emily White, this year's valedictorian at Lewisville High School in Texas, used her cancer experience as motivation to become a better student.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Emily was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma when she was in 8th grade.  Following a year of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, Emily beat the disease and has now been in remission for nearly 5 years.

In addition to graduating at the top of her senior class this spring, Emily scored a perfect ACT score, was named a Presidential Scholar, and earned a National Merit Scholarship.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Emily was always a good student, but her battle with cancer "became an academic turning point for Emily, who went from being a good student to a stellar one."

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