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   ALMOST EXACTLY A YEAR AFTER DISCOVERING A BRAIN TUMOR... AN ASHLAND MIDDLE-SCHOOL STUDENT IS GETTING SOME EXTRA SUPPORT.   Almost exactly a year after discovering a brain tumor.

Posted: May. 8, 2015 8:05 PM
Updated: Oct. 19, 2017 1:32 PM

 ALMOST EXACTLY A YEAR AFTER DISCOVERING A BRAIN TUMOR... AN ASHLAND MIDDLE-SCHOOL STUDENT IS GETTING SOME EXTRA SUPPORT.

Almost exactly a year after discovering a brain tumor. An Ashland middle-school student is getting some extra support.

That support is coming from Alex Shepherd's own classmates.

Support comes in different forms...From a mother, Holding hands, A father, A hand on the shoulder but from an assembly full of middle schoolers, it's a less gentle approach with just as powerful a message.

 
Alex Shepherd goes to Ashland middle school but he's not just any student. This month, his own classmates adopted him as their Sparrow.

The 12-year-old's life was changed forever about a year ago. He had a seizure that led to the discovery of a brain tumor. It's meant chemotherapy, radiation and four brain surgeries.
During the assembly, Alex's story was shared through an emotional video. 
 
Like in all Sparrow assemblies, it was met with tears but that wasn't all. Feet were pounding the ground
 
and cheering continuing throughout the video. For the same reasons, they cheer him on each day.
 
They cheered when he was on his bike, pictures with friends, skiing and on his bike surfing.

It was something doctors didn't think he would be able to do again.  An exception, his classmates are helping Alex become. "Some of them I don't even know, and they still support me" said Alex.
Support in whatever form, making a difference "I feel so overwhelmed with love and support I don't have the words to describe how supported we feel right now" . For a boy, who won't stop soaring.

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