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Mar 11, 2013 7:34 AM by Kristen Holloway

Iberia Teen Fights Cancer while School Administration Fights to Keep Him up to Speed in the Classroom

Tickets for the 2013 St. Jude Dream Home go on sale in just three weeks! This year's 4-bedroom home is in Grand Pointe subdivision off Kaliste Saloom. The Dream Home Campaign is one of the largest fundraiser for St. Jude both nationally and in Acadiana and there are several patients from right here in our area. One Iberia teen will benefit from you buying a ticket. The Gregoire Family from Iberia Parish is back at St. Jude after 13-year-old Markell Gregoire's cancer came back. While he's fighting it out in Memphis, his school is making sure he's up to speed when he returns.
"I'm just really looking forward to him just getting back up on his feet and continue doing what he does, live his life as a kid how he should," said Markell's mom Monique Gregoire.
Just a year ago, after a 13 month stay at St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Markel Gregoire had his lower leg amputated due to Osteosarcoma Bone Cancer. The 13-year-old was re-admitted a little over two weeks ago because the cancer returned. This time, doctors amputated the entire bone in his left leg, leaving him with only his hip.
"I know he has inspired a lot of people with his strength and his courage and he just believes. He always says he know St. Jude is going to take care of him," said Monique Gregoire.
Markell will be at St. Jude, while his classmates at Iberia Middle will be taking placement tests for high school, but his Assistant Principal, Glecia Morales is personally making sure he doesn't fall behind. She's volunteering to go to St. Jude in April and give Markell the test.
"All he can talk about is moving onto high school. He's a strong student makes good grades and has a good testing record and we just knew we had to do something to accomplish that for him," said Morales.
Morales says she's not going to rush Markell through the test, instead work with his energy level and give him every opportunity to do well.
"Dignity, confidence and unwavering faith thats its just all going to work out and its all going to be ok. We're just grateful that we've had the opportunity to have him here. We'll miss him when he's in high school next year but we're going to get him there," said Morales.
After surgery this past Thursday Markell is in stable condition and should be released from the hospital this spring.
Also if your business would like to donate $100 and have your name on the back of a Marlins for Markell t-shirt contact Iberia Middle School at (337) 364-3927.
All proceeds will go to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

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