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NBC News 24 Jan 2020

8-Year-Old Welcomed Back To School With Rainbow Parade After Finishing Chemo


An Illinois elementary school held a surprise rainbow parade to celebrate 8-year-old Reese Siler's return to class. Students dressed up in the colors of the rainbow — Reese's favorite — after his last chemotherapy treatment for brain cancer.

Officers are seen in edited body camera footage escorting a 6-year-old girl out of school and to a nearby mental health facility, where she would be committed for two days. The school alleges the girl was "destroying school property, attacking staff" and "out of control," but her family says they are shocked and outraged over the decision.
John Oliver Zippay was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia when he was in preschool and spent three years in and out of the hospital. Two days after Christmas he finished his last chemotherapy treatment. He returned to first grade last week to a standing ovation from his classmates.
Filmmaker Jim McKay was shopping at a Goodwill store in Austin, Texas, when he purchased an old VCR. When he turned it on, out popped a tape. When he pressed play, he knew he found something special: a toddler taking his very first steps with a dad cheering on his son. So who was the boy in diapers? McKay found him! Tyre Alexander, an educator, is now 26 years old and has never seen the video before, until now.
This 3-year-old girl posed for a photo with the Harlem Globetrotters - and when she looked at the picture she saw her mom, Sergeant Deandrea Proctor, who was deployed in Kuwait for 7 months.

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