Michael Wefelmeyer gets perfect ACT score after battle with leukemia

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By Heidi Glaus

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - It's not uncommon for a high school student's life to be consumed with tests, but Michael Wefelmeyer's junior year was filled with more tests than any teenager should have to take.

"I was getting really winded playing baseball," Wefelmeyer said.

These tests were more painful than the kind you take in calculus or physics. Wefelmeyer was diagnosed with ALL Leukemia on July 10, 2012.

"So the route that he has had to take has not only been a basic route that a lot of kids have to go through when they're diagnosed with Leukemia, but his has been very, very complicated," said Jenn Wofford, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at St. Louis Children's Hospital.

Basically everything that could go wrong did, yet through it all he managed to stay focused on his school work.

"He wanted to get up that morning and finish his chemotherapy at 6 a.m. in the morning so he could make sure he was at school in the morning," Wofford said.

His parents tried to persuade him to slow down.

"I would say he missed at least 50 days. We were afraid he would have to repeat junior year," Ginny Wefelmeyer, Michael's mom, said.

But Michael Wefelmeyer was slightly stubborn.

"He always said let's just keep going til I can't and so he did," Ginny Wefelmeyer said.

"It was definitely a challenge because the school day took so much out of me," Michael Wefelmeyer said.

Not only did he keep going, but he did something less than one tenth of one percent of graduates who take the ACT do.

"I had to ask the people sitting next to me to make sure it said 36, that I wasn't reading it wrong, I couldn't believe it," Wefelmeyer said.

"Thirty six out of what? I was with a colleague at work and he said 'I think that's a perfect score,' I said 'you really think so?'"Ginny Wefelmeyer said.

So he not only proved his parents wrong, he proved anything is possible even when the odds are stacked against you.

"A lot of the opportunities I've had since being diagnosed would not have happened unless I was diagnosed. It's all part of God's plan for me that one way or another things are going to work out and you have to take the good with the bad," Wefelmeyer said.


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