Thursday, January 13, 2011


Heroes come in many forms.

Some like Daniel Hernandez - the unpaid intern for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords whose quick response is credited with saving her life - are recognized on a national stage because of their actions.

There are many others, though, whose quiet inspiration in the way they live their lives - and handle the most challenging adversity - make them heroic.

Stacy Delgallo is one of these heroes.

A well-loved third-grade teacher at Chelsea Elementary School in Chelsea, Maine, Stacy is also a three-time breast cancer survivor.

She returned to school last week after missing the first half of the school year while recovering from surgery and post-surgical cancer treatment.

Sporting a cap atop her short hair, regrowing nicely after a loss to chemotherapy, she was welcomed by a sea of pink as students, staff and her fellow teachers showed their solidarity for her fight by donning pink shirts, hats, bandanas and at least one tutu.

It was a welcome befitting a true hero.

Stacy, a kind, humble person whom I've known for several years through the school and our church, mostly likely was overwhelmed by the reception she received. Not one to call attention to herself, she has handled each cancer bout with grace, dignity, perserverance and an incredible strength.

She has been, and continues to be, a fighter - for herself, her family and those fortunate to know her.

And she provides a wonderful lesson to Chelsea students of all ages that life can be cruel and unfair at times. That sometimes the easy decision with the cards you're dealt is to fold your hand and call it a night.

The much tougher decision is to fight - for your integrity, your beliefs or, sometimes, your life.

Gabrielle Giffords is waging a similar fight at Tucson's University Medical Center as she struggles to overcome her own adversity - a fight that likely will be long, frustrating and physically and emotionally painful.

But her fight - and Stacy's - is what makes eventual success that much sweeter.

1 comment:

  1. John, Absolutely wonderful story, Stacy is my hero as well! Susan Mason