Let Alyssa with Cystic Fibrosis walk with her graduating class!

Let Alyssa with Cystic Fibrosis walk with her graduating class!

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Alyssa McNamara started this petition to Pennridge School District and

My name is Alyssa McNamara. I am currently attending Pennridge High School as a senior. I was supposed to be graduating this year 2019. Due to having many issues this year related to having Cystic Fibrosis I was unable to make the requirements to pass. 

All of my senior year, I was sick off and on with constipation. On top of having constipation I had mono for several months, colds, and a bacteria infection which made everything worse. I was in the hospital for a week in April receiving IV antibiotics and clean-outs to help the constipation. The result from being sick brought upon many absences which made it hard for me to complete school work. Especially since I wasn’t in school to learn the content of what I was asked to do. Due to that I failed two or three courses and the outcome of that was that I wasn’t going to graduate. I wasn’t given a tutor until the end of April which now having that tutor has helped a lot. The school tried helping by offering at school help but I wasn’t well enough to come into school the extra hours. Throughout the four years at PHS I recieved a lot of help from teachers and it is greatly appreciated but this year was one of my roughest years. 

I feel as if my school should allow me to walk with my class at least. I just needed 3 credits to graduate which in the fall I will take those classes and then I’ll receive my diploma in the Winter. They would allow me to walk if I had enough credits. But I feel like it depends on the policy they have and should make an exception since this is due to an illness. Anyways, I grew up knowing most of the people in my class and just to have that experience of walking off the stage in my cap and gown knowing I’m so close to be getting where I will be; would be very special to me. I know I wouldn’t be receiving my diploma but the feel of walking with the people I went to school with for years and years would be an accomplishment. I feel like it’s not fair to me because I did not ask to be sick. I am grateful that I am healthier now and that my health isn’t as bad as others who have CF. I am thriving to achieve my goals and I can’t wait to see the things I will accomplish in my lifetime. 

Please help me walk with my class!

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