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NEW HEADING 1
BFA Student has Battled Cancer
April 4, 2014James F Byrnes Freshman Academy
Do you ever feel like you don’t belong because there is something different about you? If so, you’re not the only one.
Hayley Martini is a 15-year old girl who goes to Byrnes High School and battles cancer every day.
Hayley Martini stated that “when I found out that I had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (type of cancer) I wasn’t scared. All of my family was crying and was just worried. But my biggest worry was losing my hair.”
Hayley wants to be treated like everyone else. She has had to deal with battling cancer ever since the 8th grade; however, she still goes to school and attempts to have a normal life.
Hayley commented, “Having cancer and being a teenager was sort of a struggle. I couldn’t go to school because of my immune system being low.”
Because she could not attend school, Haley had to use an alternative, which had its drawbacks. “I had to do online school and it was really challenging. Half the time I was too tired and sick to even think about doing it.”
“I got really behind, and I talked to the teachers about it and told them what I was going through, but they still expected me to do it,” Hayley explained.
Hayley is still battling cancer, but she is an active student and makes good grades. She is also a part of the Byrnes Color and Winter Guard, which is her passion.
Hayley confessed, “Doing color guard and winter guard has really actually helped me with this. Everyday getting chemo I would say almost done and then more winter guard.”
When she found out she had cancer, “My winter guard family has been there 100%. When they found out, they would come see me all the time, and they brought me wonderful gifts.
“Then when I get on the floor to perform I remember the old me, I remember why I loved performing, and if I didn’t perform I would be missing a piece of me,” she continued.
Each year in the U.S. there are approximately 13,400 children between the ages of birth and 19 years of age who are diagnosed with cancer. About one in 300 boys and one in 333 girls will develop cancer before their 20th birthday.
Hayley specified, “I got remission December 27, 2013. I want to take something to all the kids at the hospital on that day to show them I made it, and they can, too!”
Not all are this lucky. In 1998, about 2,500 died of cancer, making it the most common cause of death by disease for children and adolescents in America.