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Opp student remains strong in faith during fight with cancer

(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Opp, AL (WSFA) -

While the Opp High School Bobcats look for their second win of the season Friday night, Breonica Parks will continue her fight to live.

"It's hard," Parks said.

Breonica's journey with RMS has been one of pain and uncertainty. RMS is an aggressive type of cancer that affects the soft tissue.

The family tells WSFA 12 News there is no cure.

"The chemo and all the back and forth to Children's Hospital is a lot," said Parks.

One national study says more than 15,000 children under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer every year in the United States. The month of September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month.

Breonica Parks is a member of the color guard at Opp High School. It is here where we found an outpouring measure of support and concern for Breonica.

Kaitlin Rogers admitted she is scared.

"I'm scared because I'm close to her and I hate she's going through a bad thing," said Rogers.

What sets Breonica apart from many of her contemporaries, according to those who know her, is her strength, her resiliency and perhaps Breonica's strongest character trait? No one has heard her complain since being diagnosed two years ago.

"By looking at her, you'd never know what she's been through in two years," said Opp High School Band Director Randy Hughey.

Melissa Dean heads up the color guard unit.

"Her struggle and her faith in God have strengthened my faith towards God," said Dean.

When told of how people at Opp High School felt about her, Breonica broke down. Perhaps part of it was fatigue but more grateful and to some degree disbelief that so many would care at all.

"You have some who care but others who just don't," said Breonica.

The 16-year-old junior plans to attend the pep rally Friday morning at Opp High School. This will be her first trip back to school in about two weeks. Doctors hope she'll be able to return full time in about one month.

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