(WCNC-TV) Two top students in the Charlotte area are among the many getting ready to go to college. But there was a time when doctors weren’t sure either would even be able to stay in high school.

Tables were piled high with surprise gifts for Sarah Crawley, the valedictorian of her class, and Gideon Kapange, a track star and salutatorian of his class.

Impressive, yes. In this case, more like amazing.

“It was just really amazing that I actually got it even though I had been in the hospital,” Sarah says.

Gideon adds, “It’s an exciting time just thinking about going to college. It’s something that during treatment seemed so far away or not possible.”

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