Madeline Rivera remembers the nagging feeling she had about a student at a school where she worked in Illinois. He had been vomiting for a week and was losing weight. A physician attributed the symptoms to a virus, but the diagnosis didn’t sit well with Rivera.
She visited the student’s home and pushed for further evaluation and treatment. The student eventually was diagnosed with leukemia.
That student now is in high school, and Rivera now works in Hardin County Schools as a nurse.
“I still get emails from the mom,” she said.