Erin Evans will always be grateful to those who helped her in her struggle to stay alive.
Evans is the 18-year-old daughter of Lynn (Aurelia Class of '82 ) and Midge Evans (Alta Class of '83) of Hartley, and the granddaughter of Dar and Barb Evans of Aurelia.
Evans has been attending Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School, where her dad has been serving as Superintendent of Schools since 2003. She initially attended school in Buffalo Center.
She was first in the newspapers in 1998 when she was 11 years old. She had been diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia/lymphoma in 1990, when she was three years old, and battled the disease off-and-on for eight years, before it was decided that she needed to undergo a bone marrow transplant in order to survive.
A perfect match was found with a 41-year-old California man, Rich Hickman, and the transplant was done in August of 1998. The transplant was a complete success, and Evans got to meet Hickman a few years later.
Since her operation, she has gone on to live the life of an "all-around teenager " in the words of her proud grandmother, Barb Evans.
Evans has, in fact, been a very active teenager. She has been an honor student and a basketball and football cheerleader. She has also been active in her school choir, band, and drama departments and played on her school golf team all four years. She was Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn's #1 player in this, her senior year. This summer she is working at Arnold's Park, as she did last summer.
On May 22, Evans graduated from high school in Hartley, and will now move on to the next chapter of her life -- a life that she and her family do not take for granted . They are all thankful for the life that she has been able to lead, thanks to the doctors in Minneapolis , a stranger from California, the prayers and support of family and friends, and of course, some divine intervention.
Her future plans are to receive nurse's training at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City and she plans to work with children and/or the families of cancer patients another example of the wonderful "Circle of Life" she and her family embrace.