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Deer Park cancer survivor, 18, determined to teach in Japan

Carissa D. LamkahouanMay 23, 2019

Some might think Jessie Raney wasn’t born lucky. She was diagnosed with leukemia at age 2, and a procedure left her paralyzed from the waist down.

“The doctors said I would never walk again,” she said.

But Raney has never depended on luck. Now 18 and due to graduate May 24 from Deer Park High School, she’s looking forward to attending the University of Texas at San Antonio with firm plans to move to and teach in Japan upon graduation.

“Last summer, I spent a month studying abroad in Tokyo and I loved it there. It didn’t feel foreign at all — it felt like home, like I’d seen it all before,” said Raney, who is now cancer-free.

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