News from Children’s Harbor
February 14, 2002, was a sweet day for
April Harris. That was the day she
received her high school diploma.
April was diagnosed with cancer in April
of 1997. It was a tough time for her. She
was 16 years old
with lots of plans
for her future, but
these plans did not
And they certainly
amputation of part
of one leg in August
April said that she
has been cancer-
free since August
1999. However, her
fight to defeat this
disease caused her
to miss many days
of school. Though
April received her high school attendance
diploma with her class, she wanted more.
Her dream was to successfully complete
the exit exam for an academic diploma.
This was a big dream, and there were
times she didn’t think she could do it. “I
didn’t think I could pass,” April said. “I got
with Suzanne who helped a lot, and I had
help from my homebound teacher, Ms.
Suzanne Reeves works with Children’s
Harbor as a teacher through Children’s
Hospital Family Services, and she worked
with April for about a year and a half to
help her pass the exit exam. Terry Simms,
Children’s Harbor Oncology Counselor,
also supported April during this process.
came that the many
months of hard work
paid off! April took
the exit exam in June
2001, and she got the
that she passed on
January 8, 2002.
With a big smile on
her face, April came
to our Family Center
to let everyone know
the good news!
“I can’t wait to get it
in my hand,” said
April. “Everybody is
proud of it, especially
Momma and Daddy who pushed me to
keep on taking the exam.”
On February 14, 2002, April wore her
graduation cap and gown and received her
ma from the
principal of Oak
Center staff held
a reception for
her on the day
she received her
with the con-
g r a t u l a t i o n s
and we are all
proud of you!
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