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Hanford High senior who beat cancer walks with his class

Richland, Hanford grads ready for what's next

Find out what's next for members of the Richland and Hanford Class of 2016
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Find out what's next for members of the Richland and Hanford Class of 2016

A Hanford High School senior who faced the possibility of not graduating because cancer treatments interrupted his schoolwork did walk with his class on Friday.

Grant Sandy, 18, received loud cheers from the crowd when he was mentioned during the ceremony. He was one of about 380 seniors to graduate from the north Richland high school that day.

Grant was diagnosed with a form of leukemia last October and underwent five months of chemotherapy. Treatment required him to spend most of that time in a Spokane hospital and complications led to periods when Grant couldn’t access his online coursework, stalling his academic progress.

It was a month before graduation when school officials told Grant he’d have to finish more than two credits worth of work to participate in graduation.

Grant said he and his family are committed to forcing the Richland School District and others to make policies more flexible for students affected by serious illnesses.

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