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LHS student beats rare brain cancer, set to graduate

Keverly Houtz. Photo Source: Patricia Houtz Keverly Houtz. Photo Source: Patricia Houtz
Keverly and Dr. Houtz. Photo Source: Patricia Houtz Keverly and Dr. Houtz. Photo Source: Patricia Houtz

HIDEAWAY, TX (KLTV) – She's had a lifelong health battle but in two days, an East Texas student will celebrate her health, her birthday and her graduation all at the same time.

13 years ago, Keverly Houtz was diagnosed with astroblastoma, a tumor of the central nervous system. Houtz is now the longest survivor of the illness at 13 years in remission.

"They told us that it was a deadly, highly malignant brain tumor that was likely to reoccur," says Houtz.

At the age of eight, she was given two years to live. Keverly was born to succeed and to reach for her goals.

"My mom and I plan to go to France someday. She said if I could learn French and if I could remember to do that, she would take me to France. That was the deal," adds Houtz.

Not only is Keverly's high school graduation on Friday, but she is also turning 21 that same day. A smile of joy from Keverly is neverending, changing the hearts of those around her every day.

Keverly's graduation ceremony is set for 8:00 pm this Friday at Lindale High School.

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