Six Annapolis area students overcome odds to graduate

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When Morgan Creek started high school, she had no hair and was weak from chemotherapy.

At the end of eighth grade, Morgan was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and had to undergo chemotherapy treatments. She says it was very difficult entering high school without hair.

"I was a very independent person, so it was discouraging," she says. "I had to overcome that and be more open to accepting help from other people."

Now 18, Morgan says her family and friends were her support system during that difficult time.

"I knew cancer was a bad thing, but I didn't really know what it was," she says. "I was really upset when I found out I was going to lose my hair. I really cherished my hair, so I had to find something else within myself. I smile and laugh a lot, so I took interest in my teeth."

This experience helped Morgan discover her passion in life.

"I want to be a dentist because I like to see people smile," Morgan says. "Ten years from now, I want to be fixing broken smiles."

Morgan will be starting the pre-dental program at Slippery Rock University in the fall to fulfill her dream of becoming a pediatric dentist.

In an unhappy twist, Morgan now faces the challenge of helping her dad through a similar battle. Steve Creek, 57, has been diagnosed with colon cancer.

Morgan says this shared experience has brought them closer. They call the scars from their chemo ports their "matching tattoos."

Click next below to read about Will Shorter, Glen Burnie High student, and other graduates overcoming odds.

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