Tanner Whorl, Sophomore at On-Track Academy, Stays On-Track

Tanner Whorl has overcome a lot in the last year. With a virus that could have killed him, he never gave up. He stayed in school with the help of his teachers at On-track Academy. Here is what he had to say:

What brought you to On-Track Academy (OTA), Tanner?
In 7th grade, I was in the hospital and ended up missing half the year. In 8th grade I was still healing and only attended the last month. Then I want to high school. I thought I could catch up, but I needed help. But none of the teachers really cared, or maybe they just didn’t have time to deal with me. So now I’m at OTA.

Wow! Why were you in the hospital?
I had necrotizing fasciitis, or flesh-eating disease. I had to have about 39 surgeries over one year.

How has OTA been so far? Are you caught up?
It’s amazing. Like one big family. The teachers support me, work one on one with me. I have to retake algebra and then I’ll be caught up.

So what do you want to be when you grow up? 😉
I want to be a hand surgeon— I want to help people. The doctor who helped me was a hand surgeon and he was great.

Any advice for someone who might go through a similar experience?
Don’t give up!



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