A mammogram saved Kim Holton’s life. Now, her daughter, Kodee, plans to become a mammographer to do the same for others.
“At first, I wanted to be a nurse, but then God showed me that it is what I’m meant to do,” Kodee said. “I want to help other women because a mammogram saved my mom. I want to help other teens going through what I went through. I want to let them know that they can and they will make it.”
The Victory Christian School valedictorian graduated Friday night along with eight others in front of their family and friends who gathered at Victory Baptist Church.
Witnessing the moment brought tears to her mother’s eyes.
“She’s come here since second grade,” said Kim Holton, who works for the school. “She’s worked so hard. This has meant my whole life to me.”
Kim Holton was diagnosed with breast cancer in late 2010 and underwent treatment in 2011. One of her wishes was for Kodee to work hard and strive to become the valedictorian of her class, Kodee said.
“It meant studying a lot but I did it,” she said. “I know my mom would be proud of me either way, but it makes me feel really good that I accomplished it.”
Kodee will attend Aiken Technical College and major in radiology to become a mammographer.
During the graduation ceremony, the graduates gave a special thank you presentation to their parents and each presented their parents with a rose.
Graduates and underclassmen were also presented with awards for their accomplishments.
The school’s principal, Dr. Edward Martin, gave the graduation address by sharing Bible verses or passages he selected for each graduate.
“I picked verses I thought were fitting to their unique personalities and life goals,” he said after the graduation.
He also shared his favorite verse, Ecclesiastes 12:13, and its meaning before urging them to take the message with them throughout life.
“‘Fear God and keep His commandments,’” he said, quoting the verse. “As you leave Victory Christian School, I hope that this verse remains in your heart, in your mind and in your soul.”