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Grovetown High senior welcomes new beginnings after graduation

Posted: May 14, 2017 - 2:06am
Grovetown High School senior Eve Gallo will attend Georgia College and State University, where she plans to study to become a ped­iatrician.
Grovetown High School senior Eve Gallo will attend Georgia College and State University, where she plans to study to become a ped­iatrician.

Seventeen-year-old Eve Gallo has given a new meaning to her alma mater's mascot, the Grovetown Warrior.

The star softball and golf athlete will attend Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville in the fall, where she will begin her educational path on her goal of becoming a pediatrician.

But Eve's high school career has been anything but typical. In 2013, the then-freshman was diagnosed with cancer, specifically Accute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma.

For the second half of her freshman year and the first half of her sophomore year, Eve was home bound fighting the lymphoma. But she said she took her treatments and her fight, one day at a time. And with that positive attitude, she didn't stay down for long.

Soon, she was back on the softball field, and her athleticism, she said, helped her fight the cancer.

"When I did get diagnosed they were very surprised at how well I was doing my first couple of months. It was because of my stature and because I was mainly muscle," Eve said. "It did help a lot with therapy. If you have a better body, you will do better with the chemo, it isn't as hard hitting."

Eve said she has been in remission since April. And when she receives her diploma, it will be a triumph, as she will not only graduate with her class, but she will do so as an honor student, and graduate in the top 10 percent. Eve's accomplishments include the varsity softball and golf teams, executive committee chairperson for student council this year and has been a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club and National Technical Honor Society.

Her battle with cancer has been a game changer for Eve in a lot of ways, she said, but it has set her sights on a new career calling, working with children as a pediatrician.

"Before I did my business pathway, I was leaning towards accounting," Eve said. "I was thinking about doing oncology, but that was about 16 years of schooling, so to be a pediatrician it's about 13. That's what changed me from my more business route to more medicine."

Eve said she sees herself as a role model and encourager for not only other teens or children fighting cancer, but also to parents.

"Most of the kids at the clinic are very young, but to the parents I give them more hope and inspiration because they know that there is light there for their child," Eve said. "But yes, I do help most of the kids. Some of them are just so young, grasping the concept is hard, they think it's just like a checkup."

Eve said she is proud of her accomplishments, but is eager to begin college and put her days as "the girl who had cancer" behind her.

"I am ready to kind of start a new life. Sometimes I feel like people will remember me as the girl who had cancer," Eve said. "I am OK with sharing it and I'm proud of it, but maybe just separate from that time in my life to a new chapter."

Eve said she is most looking forward to meeting new people when she begins college a little more than an hour away from home, and is eager to be independent.

"I am a very outgoing person. I make friends easily, so I am ready to meet some new people and see what college holds for me," Eve said.

In the meantime, Eve is preparing to deliver the welcome speech at Grovetown's graduation at the James Brown Arena.

"I'm actually really excited and proud of it," Eve said.

 

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