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August 2, 2013

Pinkerton student finally earns diploma

Pinkerton student finally earns diploma

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They went to dinner and shopping, and stayed away from graduation night at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester.

“He didn’t go,” she said. “That would have been too painful.”

She is proud of son for what he has accomplished.

“I told him, ‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,’” she said.

Brandon knows this. His public struggle with cancer gained him statewide attention.

The Children’s Miracle Network selected him as New Hampshire’s Champion Child in 2008.

He suffered from a rare form of cancer that caused a pseudopapillary tumor of the pancreas. Complications cost him his spleen.

Brandon and his mother said concerns over a relapse led to more doctor visits last school year and affected his studies.

“I could never catch up,” Brandon said in June.

His future remains uncertain.

His mother said she expects Brandon to make a decision next year about whether to pursue a career in the U.S. Air Force or go to college.

“I’m not totally locked in,” he said.

Despite his disagreement with Pinkerton, Brandon bears no ill will toward his alma mater.

“It’s one of the better schools around here,” he said. “I made a lot of friends.”

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