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"I have that extra something to be thankful for."

One year has passed since headaches and dizziness overcame Alex Caldwell, causing the St. John Fisher College sprinter to leave practice early. One year since Caldwell learned just hours later that what she thought was a sinus infection was actually a brain tumor. One year since a surgeon extracted a calcified mass the size of a tennis ball. Now Caldwell is back on track, literally and figuratively, and doesn’t take her health for granted. Headaches still strike on occasion – traces of the tumor could not be removed – and she can no longer pole vault due to the risk it brings. But Caldwell is pleased she can participate in her final track season. “I have more of a reason to be sprinting,” said the nursing major, “and to be going as fast as I can.”


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