At the time of Patrick's diagnosis he was a sophomore in high school where he participated im many school activities including varsity soccer, football and baseball. He was feeling a bit fatigued, and running a low grade fever. We took him to the doctor for a mono test and were shocked to discover he had leukemia. Patrick underwent some intense chemo that first year and quickly went into remission. Fortunately he has responded well to treatment.
After spending the remainder of his sophomore year on homebound, he was able to return to school for his junior and senior years. Patrick has been a source of inspiration for many as he demonstrates daily that goals can be achieved and obstacles can be overcome with a positive attitude and a strong work ethic. Battling fatigue and nausea resulting from ongoing treatment, Patrick fought his way back to the classroom and the playing fields. He is an honor student voted most likely to succeed by his teachers and an all area team member in football. With his undying spirit he rises above adversity and helps to show others the way. He will attend Centre College in the Fall and hopes to someday work in the medical field. Patrick will complete his treatment in January 2008.