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Legacy of Love



Johnny is a 13-year-old, an avid sports player, and a dedicated Catholic. Johnny was accepted to Lake Catholic after writing 5 entry essays about something that helped him grow personally – when his dad was diagnosed with brain cancer. In his essay, Johnny shared how his father’s brain cancer diagnosis profoundly impacted his life and personal growth. He described the challenges he faced while supporting his dad through the toughest times, particularly when his father was hospitalized. Johnny’s strong faith led him to seek the spiritual guidance of Fr. Marty, who performed the anointing of the sick, offering prayers for his father’s healing and forgiveness. He emphasized how the experience deepened his understanding of God’s love and the importance of being there for others during difficult times. Johnny’s essay beautifully encapsulated how his father’s brain cancer diagnosis became a transformative experience, shaping him into the compassionate, faithful young man he is today. The challenges he faced and the lessons he learned while supporting his father through this arduous journey have not only strengthened his faith but also fostered a profound sense of empathy and resilience. Johnny’s story serves as a testament to the power of love, faith, and the human spirit in the face of adversity, reminding us all of the immeasurable growth and wisdom that can be gained through life’s toughest trials.