CLINTON, Ind. (WTHI) - Cancer cells multiply, spread, and damage the human body. It's devastating for a person. But when someone in that situation commits to a positive attitude, it too can multiply, spread, and change the lives of others for the better.
Our story starts with Trinity Rector, a sophomore at South Vermillion High School.
Rector shares, "I love art and music, and just being with my friends pretty much. I'm very social. I'm like a little social butterfly."
Though behind her "mega-watt" smile, is a battle Trinity faces every day.
Rector explains, "I'm fighting osteosarcoma, which is a very rare bone cancer and only 2 or 3 people at Riley have it currently."
But sometimes the worst of situations can bring out the best in people. That rings true for the student body at South Vermillion High School. Trinity shows up every day putting her best face forward, and it's more than rubbed off on her fellow students.
Trinity’s Friend, Kacey Rusher shares, "She's such a great person, and I admire her for her strength. Because if I were to go through this I don't think I could come to school with a smile on her face like she does. Sometimes there's days where none of us get along. Then there's Trinity, who brings us all together."
At Homecoming, all of the queen candidates agreed that they'd pass on the crown to Trinity as Honorary Queen. A fundraising dance-a-thon was held in Trinity's honor. Also, the student body has raised over $10,000 for the Riley Hospital "P.S. We Love You" Fund.
Social Studies teacher Mary Kelsheimer nominated the student body for the Make a Difference award. She says in her decades of teaching, student support like this has never existed.
Kelsheimer says, "Truthfully no, I have not. This is the first time I have seen it. I have seen them get around different things that we do, maybe fundraisers and things throughout the school year, but something like this, this if the first time I've ever experienced this."
As for Trinity, she faces every day with a smile, her service dog, Misty, and the entire support of the South Vermillion student body behind her.
Rector adds, "With me just living with my grandma and my baby sister, it's kind of tough. So having so many friends, and so many teachers and staff just being there for me, it's a really great feeling."
That type of support is why the kids who make up the South Vermillion High School Student Body are February's Make a Difference Winners.
If you know of someone who's making a difference in your community, let us know about them! Nominate them for the Make a Difference Award and view past recipients by clicking here.
- Make a Difference: SVHS Student Body
- Make a Difference: Scott McDaniel
- Make a Difference: Rusty Goodwin
- Make a Difference: Todd Norris
- Make a Difference: Rosemary Farris
- Make a Difference: Angie Treadway
- Make a Difference: Linda Jones
- Make a Difference: Tammy Bosecker
- Make a Difference: Steve Huddleston
- Make a Difference: Jeanie Edinburgh