Auburn, Alabama, police say a teenage girl is going to become a marine scientist after being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer.
The 17-year-old is a member of a local community that volunteers at the Auburn Marine Science Academy.
A local news station says she has volunteered at the school since her freshman year.
“She’s the most dedicated and kind-hearted person I’ve ever met,” said the student, who asked not to be identified.
“I can’t imagine what she’s going through.
I’m so grateful to the community that has supported her so much.”
According to the news station, the student said she will not be able to participate in any classes or activities because of the illness.
Auburn police say she has been placed on administrative leave.
She is being cared for at a local hospital.
Police say the student’s mother contacted the school’s headmaster about her daughter’s cancer diagnosis.
“This is the kind of news that you’re going to hear more of in the future,” Superintendent Michael Hodge told ABC News.
Hodge says the school will continue to honor the teen’s wish to volunteer.
“We’re very proud of her and we’re very appreciative of her being a part of this wonderful school,” he said.
The academy’s motto is: “In the Age of Discovery, Where the Sea Will Heal.”