Harlem High School Student Who Survived Cancer, Mother’s Death & Homelessness Awarded Scholarship | New York | NYDailyNews.com
Cedric Walton has not lived a charmed life.
It has been him and his grandmother against the world, weathering what most people couldn’t even if they lived 10 lifetimes.
A mother dead of AIDS when Cedric was 3. A father nowhere to be found; an aunt who drowned before his eyes two years ago – and living in one room in an East Harlem homeless shelter.
And then a diagnosis of lung cancer at age 17.
It is a miracle the soft-spoken Harlem kid is still standing, let alone graduating from Frederick Douglass Academy high school next week – and on his way to SUNY Albany on a full scholarship in the fall.
“We’ve had kids with illness before, but we have never had a kid that was so positive, so resilient, even though he was in so much pain,” said longtime Frederick Douglass Academy Principal Gregory Hodge.