Class Act: Fort Worth Sophomore Beats Leukemia, Inspires Others

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FORT WORTH — It takes uncommon courage to face down death before you’re even in high school. But Will Jeffers has it, and he’s our Class Act of the Week, brought to you by Time Warner Cable.

Will was just your average kid until the day he received the news that would change everything -- he had leukemia.

“The day I was told that I had cancer was really the toughest day of my life,” Will said. “My heart just dropped. I mean, I thought I was going to die.”

At 14, that’s a reality no kid should have to face, and Will’s leukemia was especially lethal.

“Usually people are like, ‘Oh you’ve got leukemia, you’re fine, you’re going to live.’ That was not my case. I was told that I would more likely die than live and that was a really scary thought,” he told NewsFix.

After chemo and radiation treatments failed to put his cancer into remission, the doctors decided to go with a bone marrow transplant. And as fate would have it, Will’s sister, Hazel, was a perfect donor match.

“She’s my life savior,” he said of his sister. “I owe her everything.”

With his sister’s bone marrow and his family’s faith, love and support, Will went into a full recovery, and did it with vigor!

Less than 6 months after he received the bone marrow transplant, Will ran a 10K in the Honored Hero Run, which benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

He’s continued to help out the society, raising over $27,000 for the organization and being named their North Texas Student of the Year.

Now a sophomore at the Hill School is Fort Worth, he sets out to inspire others with his story as a public speaker and on his Will’s Warriors Facebook page.

“Life is precious. I mean, after having cancer, it moved me,” he said. “I’d rather die young and have lived my life to the fullest than live and long life and never have lived at all.”