Make-A-Wish sends a young man to college

By Al Showers – bio | email

POPLARVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Kirk Lee, 19, is a freshman at Pearl River Community College studying to become an electrician. He fought a major battle to get here. You see Lee was diagnosed with cancer when he was just 13.

Kirk's parents, Carolyn and Venie Lee said, "It was a shock to us when we found out he had cancer. Chemo, radiation, and he still had it. So they put him through an experiment program and he still had it. And then we found out he had to have a stem cell transplant done and they did that at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota."

"I've been in remission for about four and a half years," Kirk Lee said proudly.

Lee remembers being determined to beat the disease. That's why at 14, when he was asked to make a wish, he continued to look to his future.

Shellie Moses is the South Mississippi Director for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

"It is my pleasure to be able to present a check for $6,000 to Pearl River Community College to pay for your college education," Moses said Tuesday. "This was a very unique wish. Most of our children, obviously the number one wish is to go to Disney World, maybe to meet a celebrity, something along those lines. But to actually think for an education, that says quite a lot about the character of him. And we're just thrilled to be a part of it."

"I just want to thank everybody who was involved in this to make this possible for me," Kirk Lee said.

"I think he's going to not only continue to stay in remission, but to beat his caner and grow up to be a very successful electrician," Moses said.

The gift from the foundation will cover the full amount of Lee's Electrical Technology associate degree.

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