Michaela Bogon, 17, is a student at Collingswood High School.

Wednesday, March 08, 2023 1:41 AM

A Camden County teenager battling cancer is getting into the college of her dreams

New Jersey – It’s that time of year when high school seniors open their long-awaited college acceptance letters to find out if they’ve gotten into the college of their dreams.

One of those special moments happened out of the blue: in a cancer patient’s room at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

A family from New Jersey recorded an emotional clip where we see the victory and resilience of a local teenager.

Michaela Bogon is a student at Collingswood High School. The 17-year-old was undergoing chemotherapy when she opened an email from her first school, Virginia Tech.

“We just found out in December that she had a tumor in her upper arm, osteosarcoma,” said Jacqueline Harter, Bogon’s mom. “She started treatment pretty quickly at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.”

“It put a damper on her senior year, but she’s just in a great mood,” she said. “She’s a positive kid. I’m amazed by her every day.”

Harter also said there wasn’t a dry eye in the room when Bogon opened that letter.

Bagon hopes her triumph will inspire others.

“When people watch this, I hope they realize that even when you’re going through something, there are always positive things to look forward to,” she said. “There are always better things to come.”

Bogon will study aerospace engineering at Virginia Tech.

Ironically, she was watching a Virginia Tech softball game when the email arrived. Harter said Bagon loves the sport, but unfortunately can no longer play because of her condition.

Bogon is scheduled for surgery to remove the tumor and reconstruct her upper arm this Friday.


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