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Posted: April 13, 2020

Selfless Senior Spotlight

Juan Clark of West Mesa High School

“I have gone through a lot in the past several years. On June 15, 2015, I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (A.L.L) and overcame it a few months later in February of 2016. My doctors told my parents that they could not do anything for me anymore because the treatment was not working, but one of my doctors refused to give up on me, which is why I am still here today. It was one of the toughest times of my life.  I have always put others before myself, so when I was the one needing help it was a shock for me. However seeing how sad people were in the hospital for their kids and seeing my parents trying everything to heal me, I decided that if and when I survived this, I would do everything I could to make the most of my life for those who fought for me and for those who lost their loved ones. My parents and siblings were my biggest reason to fight, however they were not the only ones who gave me hope. One major group of people that gave me a purpose to fight besides my family where the instructors and cadets from West Mesa’s NJROTC unit. They went above and beyond to make me feel like I was a part of their ROTC family by sending me letters, video calling me, and even visiting me in the hospital. I had to work hard to get my health back to normal and to get my life back on track, but I could not have done it without my family, both my blood family and my ROTC family. I have had many opportunities to help my community and those who need help, and I have taken every opportunity that I could. I know that even the smallest amount of kindness can be the difference between giving up and moving forward, life and death, because for me it was.  I was raised to help people, be strong, courageous, devoted, honest, loyal, respectful, loving, kind, to have honor and to be selfless. I hope I can influence others to do better, to pursue their goals and to never give up.”

How would you describe Juan?