Western Guilford High Graduate Shares Survival Story & Future Plans

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Greensboro, NC - This week, we are recognizing standout graduating high school students, who have overcome major obstacles in order to wear the cap and gown.

Tuesday, on the Good Morning Show, WFMY News 2's Tracey McCain introduced you to Zack Reavis.  Reavis graduates from Western Guilford High School on Sunday, June 9th.  He is the school's valedictorian with a grade point average 5.36 and his hard work earned him a scholarship at his dream school Duke University.

But Reavis had to overcome major obstacles.  At five-years-old, doctors diagnosed him with a rare blood disorder and later told him wouldn't live past thirty.

"Basically, my white blood cells did not work properly, so any cut I would get I would have to go on steroids to fight the infection.  I was in and out of the hospital all the way up to now," explained Reavis.

But he never gave up.  "In 2011, we decided to do a bone marrow transplant and my little sister Hannah was a perfect match for me.  She donated bone marrow to me to give me the transplant and cure my disorder."

It was then, during his three month stay in the hospital, where he had time to think.  "And that's when I started planning out my future."

Reavis plans to major in pre-medicine while at Duke University.  The school awarded him a scholarship he'll use when he starts classes there this fall.

WFMY News 2

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