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In Focus: Setting goals

Published: Friday, June 7, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

Last week, I had a chance to catch up with Kaneland High School student Samantha Garcia during one of her physical therapy sessions at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora. Samantha was severely injured last summer in a car accident. 

When I first met Samantha, it was in the fall and she had just been named homecoming queen. She had a smile on her face as she chatted with her friends around the kitchen table of her Montgomery home, even though I’m sure she still was in a lot of pain. 

This time, Samantha still had a smile on her face as she worked hard on her balance and walking skills in order to walk across the stage for her commencement ceremony – something graduates everywhere took for granted, just simply walking across the stage. I’m so glad her dream did come true, and she walked across that stage – without a cane – to receive her diploma. 

I love stories with happy outcomes, and I know Samantha will continue to set goals for herself and reach them. 

– Sandy Bressner

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