Andover Teen Graduates, Despite 7-Year Fight With Leukemia

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Thousands of new high school graduates around Kansas will say that getting a diploma was no easy task.

But for 17-year-old Andover Central High School grad Paul Wagle, it was a challenge that seemed impossible. Wagle spent seven years battling leukemia and, in his words, was on his deathbed many times.

In the worst of times, Wagle believed he could beat cancer, would return to a normal life, and see his friends again to live a "normal" life. And after chemotherapy and a stem-cell transplant, he survived and walked across the school's stage to receive his diploma.

Last week Principal Mark Templin presented Wagle with an Andover Central Excellence Award.

Wagle plans to attend Benedictine College in Atchison in the fall.

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