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LAS CRUCES - Delhery Gonzalez, 18, of Las Cruces, should have been planning for life after high school two years ago like the rest of her peers, but instead she was battling for her life, given only days to live after doctors discovered a tumor on her liver. 

"I was diagnosed (with liver cancer) in April 2017. They only gave me a few days but thank God there was a miracle and I got through it. I'm now in remission," Gonzalez said Wednesday.

While in recovery at a hospital, she was approached by the Make A Wish Foundation New Mexico.

"I was 16 at the time and they told me I can meet a famous person or go on a shopping spree," Gonzalez said. "That’s what I was thinking of at first but then as I looked into my future I wanted to study and wanted an education." 

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Gonzalez's wish was granted when Make-A-Wish Foundation New Mexico and Doña Ana Community College awarded her a $6,000 scholarship.

The scholarship will pay for classes, books and other educational expenses as Gonzalez pursues a nursing degree.

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"I couldn't think of a better wish for Delhery than the opportunity and the dream to be a nurse especially after her medical journey, it reaches deep into the heart," said Chris Woods, Make-A-Wish Foundation New Mexico ambassador. "These wishes make a huge difference and how these kids go forward in life.

DACC was host to a special event recognizing Gonzalez on campus Wednesday, the first day of school. The community college gifted her school supplies and a laptop.

"As you start your journey, know that we’re with you every step of the way," DACC President Monica Torres told Gonzalez. "We’re on your team and we’ll do anything we can to support your success." 

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Gonzalez will seek an Associate of Science degree and wants to continue her education in the medical science field so she can help children just as her doctors and medical professionals did for her.  

"I feel very thankful and really grateful that they had the opportunity to do this for me, I really appreciate it," Gonzalez said. 

Jacqueline Devine can be reached at 575-541-5476, JDevine@lcsun-news.com or @JackieIsDevine on Twitter.

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