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Broken Arrow students hold parade for 8th grader’s homecoming after cancer treatment

Broken Arrow students hold parade for 8th grader’s homecoming after cancer treatment
Broken Arrow students hold parade for 8th grader’s homecoming after cancer treatment

A school in Broken Arrow celebrates the homecoming of an 8th grader who has just been discharged from Saint Jude’s Hospital after a long battle with brain cancer.

Oliver’s middle schoolers weren’t going to let it rain a bit on their parade for Jude Howpe, who is finally back home after months of cancer treatment.

“I had that, the butterfly feeling. My legs are really weak, so my dad had to help me out of the car so I could stand up. Oh man, that was the best,” he said.

Dozens of people showed up at his house with signs in support of his return home.

“He started crying and he was like, ‘I had no idea so many people cared about me.’ And I was like, ‘You have no idea,'” said her mother, Kayleigh Howpe.

Her journey here – fraught with seizures, losing the ability to swallow and walk – has not been easy.

“Phew. Lots of emotions,” she says. “You know, when you go from a kid who has…never really had any problems to suddenly he’s like a kid you don’t know and he doesn’t know why. And we find out he has this thing going on and changing so drastically.”

He has some catching up to do, but at least he will do it at home.

“I lost my shoulders so much, it was unbelievable. I felt so free,” he said.

The article is in French

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