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In One Moment, My Life Changed

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This year’s Walton Electric Trust scholarship recipients possess the kind of credentials that typically earn such rewards. They are smart, driven, focused individuals.

But these scholars also exhibit another quality that separates them from the crowd. Each has triumphed over a significant obstacle in their life.

Landon Hagwood is a shining example. He twice battled an aggressive form of bone cancer while attending Oconee County High School.

“On Sept. 23, 2019, I went into Emory Midtown in Atlanta for a surgical biopsy that confirmed our worst fears,” the student recalled about the malignant tumor found in his shoulder. “In one moment, my life changed.”

Walton Trust Scholarship logoPart of his shoulder was surgically removed, which doctors said would severely limit Landon’s arm mobility for the rest of his life. At best, he might be able to reach high enough to comb his hair.

With the help of a dedicated physical therapist, he proved them wrong. Now cancer-free, Landon plans to pursue a career inspired by the healthcare provider.

“The work my physical therapist has done with me during my journey has been so impactful and life-changing for my abilities,” he said. “I want to do the same for others.”

A Walton Electric Trust scholarship will help pay for his college education. Landon promises co-op members it will not be wasted.

“Cancer does not define me, but it has changed the course of how I live my life and what I will accomplish,” he said. “I can promise you that I will represent you well in my dedication to my studies and how I succeed in college.”

Read Landon’s story of perseverance at the Walton EMC blog.