Mom of son who died of cancer seeks honorary diploma - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Mom of son who died of cancer seeks honorary diploma

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Jacob Carlander was diagnosed with liver cancer six years ago. (Family photo) Jacob Carlander was diagnosed with liver cancer six years ago. (Family photo)
ENFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

One of his final wishes was to get a high school diploma, but a cancer-stricken student at Enfield's Fermi High School died just before the school year started.

Jacob Carlander was diagnosed with liver cancer six years ago, and since that day, his mother Annkera Carlander said it didn't stop him from doing what any other child did.

“He played baseball for the town, he tried out for Fermi basketball, but was too weak to continue, he worked at McDonalds,” she said.

The five year battle was a grueling one. Jacob would attend classes at Fermi off and on...but would always earn enough credits at home to move on to the next grade.

“This was his senior year and he had enough credits to be a senior,” Carlander said.

But just weeks before he was set to start his senior year, cancer claimed him.

“He would have been graduating on Thursday night,” Carlander said.

The school year went on...and as it was winding down, Carlander decided she'd try to fulfill her son's wish for a diploma.

She was initially rejected because right now, what she's asking for, is unprecedented…but school Superintendent Jeffrey Schumann said many on the Board of Education are in last minute discussions to try to fulfill this final wish.

“I'm sure there would be so many people who would want to go there and do that. Cheer for him...he deserves that, every bit of it,” Carlander said.

While there still is some time before graduation for things to be done, the superintendent said at the very least the board is looking to honor Jacob in some way at the ceremony on Thursday.

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