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York College student survives brain tumor en route to graduation

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -

No one ever had to tell Janet rivers to stop and smell the roses.

"I just want to get kids out in nature as much as possible," she said.  

Rivers is a Botanist, and runs her own nature camp for kids.

If you couldn't tell by the gown, this mom of two is now a graduate of York College,
but the real story is what's underneath the cap.

"I immediately welled up and was like 'oh my gosh, my brain? I love my brain!' "

That was her reaction just a few weeks ago when her doctor told her that excruciating headaches were produced by a tennis ball sized tumor in her brain. 

First, she thought of her boys, then finals week.

"I was really nervous about going into the hospital, having major surgery and have everything I've been working for fall apart," she said.  

But her classmates in the Biology department didn't let that happen. Pulling together until the last minute to get her to the stage Wednesday. 

The surgery to remove the tumor was a success, and although still weak Rivers was able to make it to the auditorium to accept her diploma. 

It was a day of stepping stones. Students taking home diplomas and degrees.
As it's said, they've got their whole lives ahead of them.

Janet plans to spend hers with family and in nature. 


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