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Bell-ringing ceremony for Walter & Gladys Hill Public Faculty pupil

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You might see the enjoyment in her eyes, and on her face regardless of the masks—Katelyn Slater rang her most cancers bell with enthusiasm—as she ended 829 days of IV chemotherapy final month. And, the at-home oral therapy earlier this month. The grade 3 Walter and Gladys Hill Public Faculty (WGH) pupil marked the big day together with her mother and father, Michelle and Chris, and the varsity group. 

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Your complete college was embellished with unicorns and messages of encouragement as Katelyn, 8, walked the hallways ringing the bell alongside together with her pals, and employees. 

In June 2019, Katelyn was recognized with T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, a uncommon type of aggressive non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma whereas she was in Kindergarten; and was handled on the Stollery Kids’s Hospital. Her mother and father mentioned the varsity has been an enormous assist throughout her journey.

“It’s overwhelming that it’s been so lengthy. We’ve been so concerned that we didn’t wish to look too far forward and it feels so good to lastly be right here and have this assist. That is very particular,” mentioned her mother and father after the ceremony.

Brendan Toner, Principal, WGH, discovered of Katelyn’s situation when he joined the varsity three years in the past as Principal. He shares the background for the occasion. 

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“Katelyn’s mother informed us that she was nearing completion of her therapies. She talked about the bell-ringing course of on the Stollery. I felt that we would have liked to share a chance for her to have fun at college, so we began to talk about what that regarded like. I referred to as it a ‘victory lap.’ We each agreed it could be an amazing concept and Ms. Hrovat began to take a look at the main points,” shares Toner.

“Courses embellished their doorways in a unicorn theme as Katelyn is our unicorn. Katelyn was shy, however she walked down the halls with two pals ringing her bell good and loud, whereas lessons cheered. She met her class exterior they usually got bells to ring as a workforce. From there, Ms. Hrovat acquired her a particular bell that we are going to maintain on the college as a token of the special occasion,” Toner added.

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He provides, Katelyn’s mother and father appreciated the wonderful gesture, and the varsity group was past supporting.

“I believe Michelle and Chris appreciated the prospect to have Katelyn have fun her accomplishments on the college. The Slater household has been via loads and Katelyn is a survivor. They’ve shared that the varsity was a constructive gentle for Katelyn through the therapy.

“Our children understood why we have been celebrating. They did an amazing job bringing enthusiasm and sharing on this particular second. Her class particularly was very excited they may do that collectively.”

“Over the past couple of years we have now needed to cope with quite a lot of damaging issues which have prompted quite a lot of stress. Nevertheless, if you stack that up towards a baby struggling to beat most cancers, all the points with Covid, floods, and the rest turns into insignificant.

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“Acknowledging the wonderful story of her battle, speaking to the mother and father, and placing your self in her sneakers is actual stuff that makes your whole different issues pale as compared. It additionally makes you wish to share her victory with the world. WGH is tremendous pleased with her braveness and resilience coping with a nightmare state of affairs,” Toner provides.

Method to go Katelyn. We’re all so pleased with you. We want you everlasting well being and happiness. 

-with information from Daybreak Sales space, FMPSD communications coordinator

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