Rays of Resilience

Over 600 Students Cheer On Principal As She Leaves For Last Chemo Session


Union County Elementary School principal Patricia Cook was diagnosed with breast cancer in September of 2017.

“I got sick right at the height of the flu epidemic,” Cook said. “I had to be in isolation from my kids, and it was just such a hard thing to do.”

Cook endured three separate surgeries for her condition, as well as a bad infection, radiation, and chemotherapy. On her last day of chemotherapy, her school decided they needed to do something special to support her.

Photo: YouTube/WSB-TV

Photo: YouTube/WSB-TV

So as Cook left in a car for her appointment, with pink balloons streaming out of the windows, more than 600 of her beloved students lined the road to cheer her on.

Photo: YouTube/WSB-TV

Photo: YouTube/WSB-TV

At the end of her path was a pink-and-purple banner promising recovery for the car to drive through like the finish line of a race. What a wonderful way to finish treatment!

Photo: YouTube/WSB-TV

Photo: YouTube/WSB-TV

Watch the short video below to see this brave principal’s heartwarming send-off!

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Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?
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