Maryland Student Conquers Homelessness & Cancer to Graduate

by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World

“I wanted to just get through, and I just wanted to show people that chemotherapy and having cancer and stuff wasn’t going to stop me from trying to be successful,” said Reggie Evans. This phenomenal young man who grew up in Baltimore was diagnosed with leukemia during his freshman year of high school, but that did not stop him from excelling in honors and advanced placement course. As a result Evans is graduating from Anne Arundel County School with better than a 3.0 grade point average.

 Evans says he would not have made it without the love and support from his friends and family. Specifically he states, “There have been times when I wanted to just say, ‘Just quit it’ and say ‘I didn’t want to go to school.’ Half of the times, I was pretty tired from all of the [chemotherapy]. I did want to quit sometimes, yeah, I did.”
After making it through about six months in the hospital and giving his all as an outstanding student, Evans has been accepted into Loyola University where he will pursue a degree in communications with an emphasis in digital media.
Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer degreed in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, email submissions to ayvaunnpennspokenword at gmail dot com.
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