Claire Fraeyman ’14- Feature Editor
February 16, 2012 was a memorable day for Drew Pointe (12). After endless doctor’s visits, treatments, and chemo rounds, he was finally cancer free. With the help of family, friends, and doctors, he overcame the disease that took the lives of 577,190 Americans last year. But it took tremendous courage for Drew to be where he is today. It took missing class, five rounds of chemotherapy, and spending days upon days in hospitals.
“When I found out I had Burkitts Lymphoma Non-Hodgkins, in a way I was calm; it was weird,” Pointe (12) said.
However, one thing that cancer didn’t take from him was his determination. Now Pointe is able to partake in normal day to day activities. He is able to go to class. He is able to play lacrosse. He is able to live his life to the fullest.
“Going through cancer has taught me to fully appreciate things. I have a whole new perspective on life and I enjoy it a lot more than I use to,” Pointe (12) said.
As the Watchdog game approaches, Romeo students and staff are reminded of cancer and the thousands of lives it has affected. The people and events that are etched into people’s memories resurface as the entire Romeo community comes together in a time of joy and sadness, comfort and pain, admiration and devotion. From the point of view of loved ones and spectators, the Watchdog game is inspiring and incredible, but from the point of view of a cancer survivor, it means everything and then some.
“Watchdog week is a great and there’s nothing that makes you happier than seeing our community united for a cause,” Pointe said.
February 16, 2012 was a day of happiness, relief, and joy for Pointe. He didn’t let cancer beat him. Instead he beat it.