Pupil battling leukemia beats the percentages and graduates with class


PHILADELPHIA — At first look, that is the everyday sights and sounds of a commencement, that’s till you meet Tom Sweeney, one of many latest graduates from Philadelphia Performing Arts, A String Idea Constitution College.

“I need to be an inspiration to different folks however I did not assume this many individuals can be all in favour of little previous me,” stated Tom Sweeney.

Strolling throughout this stage was no simple activity. Sweeney spent almost 4 years in Youngsters’s Hospital of Philadelphia battling leukemia. He was recognized when he was 13 and for him, surviving was the primary purpose; commencement was simply the icing on the cake. He is been in remission for 2 years. Many say he is a strolling miracle. His dad simply calls him, superhero.

“I would not say superhero, I like to simply present different folks and different youngsters and households who’re going by means of this that it would not need to restrict you. Having most cancers, it would not need to cease you or make it to the place you possibly can’t do the whole lot identical to everybody else,” Sweeney stated.

Mother, Debbie Reilly, admits at instances she did not assume her son would survive.

“Each doable aspect impact you can get, he obtained it. He needed to have complete physique radiation after which he relapsed after which had needed to have a bone marrow transplant after which final yr he had bilateral hip substitute because of the chemotherapy consuming by means of the joints of the hips, however right here he’s at the moment,” stated mother, Debbie Reilly.

Not solely did Sweeney graduate highschool, however he did it with honors and was additionally topped Promenade King. He spent numerous hours at house and within the hospital room not simply preventing his illness, but in addition finding out. His household is beaming with satisfaction.

“Proud, proud, humble, simply love I can not clarify it. It’s only a dream,” stated dad, Tom Sweeney.

A dream that’s now a actuality. With one chapter behind him and a diploma in hand, Sweeney says he is able to face no matter life throws at him.

“There are days the place you assume man, this can be a lot and it’s robust, can I do it. It’s important to inform your self I can and I’ll. It’s the solely option to do it,” stated scholar Tom Sweeney.

For Tom, this was greater than only a commencement but it surely was his probability to shine and in addition for him to ship a message about hope, dedication and by no means giving up.