Hawk Talk

Second-hand Pain

“Looking over to the horizon, there is hope.”

By Karina Florentino

Jumping off his booster seat out off the Lamborghini, young 5-year-old “Bat Kid” is ready to protect the city of San Francisco from crime! Not only did he battle one of his arch nemesis, “The Riddler,” but also something more dangerous: Leukemia. Bat Kid has fought with Leukemia for the past 4 years. Little California’s superhero, Miles Scott, has been granted his wish from the Make-A-Wish foundation; he had the opportunity to solve crimes  in San Francisco dressed as Batmas.  What’s a better way to get back your childhood than being your favorite super hero for a day?

Mile Scott’s heroism went viral! He had over million of tweets about him on Twitter. Even President Barrack Obama, tweeted,  “Go get em’.”

An army of supporters surrounded around him as they cheered for Bat Kid.  “When you have an illness, it’s very important to know you have a support system,” said Gina Futrell, friend of Bat Kid,  who is battling sclerosis.

Many teens don’t quite know what leukemia is. Students here atViera High school said it is “a type of cancer,” or getting close to the idea, Abigail Alequin said “cancer of blood cells.” Leukemia is a type of cancer that causes the body to create an abnormal increase of white cells in the blood.

In the United States alone, leukemia was responsible for 54,630 deaths this year. Not only are we dealing with deaths, but also an estimated total of 149,990 people in the United States will be diagnosed with this disease this year as well.

The Make-A-Wish wanted to give closure to the family after 3 years of having to inject drugs to their little boy’s body. It was not only the little boy suffering, but his loving parents as well. It was a reunion to celebrate the end of his treatment and move on to great success.

Junior Nick McLaughlin, has a long list of family members that have cancer, and so do a lot of other VHS kids.  Nick laments, “My mother and grandmother both had cancer, along with a few other distant relatives”.

It is quite excruciating struggle to go through.  Sophomore Mike Brunotte couldn’t say it better by explaining that cancer is like a “female dog.”  People today in the world still don’t know how to deal with it. Senior Spencer Smith’s grandfather suffers from prostate cancer. “I deal with the struggle by not letting negative thoughts persuade me.”

Some students are still hopeful, while unfortunately, some students have lost their loved ones. “There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about him. Sometimes I feel like it was only yesterday I saw the last smile he had on his face before he shut his eyes goodbye,” said Whitney Anderson, a freshman that is still mourning over the death of her uncle that passed from lung cancer.

Cancer is a disease that not only hurts the victim, but the people in that victim’s life. No one can really understand or feel the deep pain within the heart having someone close to us with such a disease. There are times we want to give up. There are times when we just want to let fate take its course.  And there are times when we just want this disaster to stop.

For other students that go through this, Senior Miranda Luce, has advice on how to deal with this struggle: “Keep hope that they will fight through it, and if they don’t, cherish the life they had when they were here.”

Mike agrees that the best thing is to “stay positive.” Just keep your head high and don’t “dwell on it”.

Here at Viera, we are not only classmates, but also a family. Sticking together in rough times not only make us stronger, but closer. We all have our own problems, but it doesn’t mean we have to face them alone.

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