Local elementary celebrates a students cancer-free diagnosis

Posted at 8:15 PM, Apr 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-26 21:15:53-04


Every 6 weeks at Travis Elementary a child is recognized for exhibiting an outstanding virtue

“Ironically this 6 weeks the virtue was perseverance,” said Amanda Castaneda

And one student has been the essence of that virtue for the last three years.

“Without a doubt Adam’s teacher knew right away Adam was the student,” said Castaneda.

Castaneda has been the school counselor at Travis for the past five years, and day-to-day has seen 8 year-old Adam Hinojosa’s battle against Leukemia.

“He fought it for the past 3 years,” said Castaneda. “He did have a lot of absences and he was out a lot because of his chemotherapy.”

But this year, after spring break, Adam came back to school all clear of cancer.

“His mom told us he wore his shirt and they were super proud that they were able to ring the bell and that he was cancer free,” said Castaneda.

Now the faculty, staff and students are ‘going orange’ in support of Leukemia awareness, and are celebrating Adam’s heroism with an assembly in his honor.

“Being a student that persevered and didn’t give up and fought the fight and was at school most days even on days that he was feeling ill,” said Castaneda.

And to merit his winning fight with Leukemia, Travis elementary gave Adam a perseverance medallion to encourage and celebrate his life.

“Everyone knows him, he is our hero,” said Castaneda.