Wednesday, April 21

Senior Tonganoxie Student, Connor Olson, Who Bravely Battled Cancer, Dies at 18

Kansas City News -- A Senior at Tonganoxie High School "Connor Olson" who graduated in a special ceremony at the school last week, died Wednesday night at his home “surrounded by family and friends, just as he would have wanted it,” according to his father, Martin Olson.

When his health going a turn in the last few days, his school "Tonganoxie High School" immediately organized a special graduation ceremony just for Connor Olson. There were about 500 teachers, students and family members packed into the school's auditorium to celebrate Olson's achievement. His closest friends carried his wheelchair onto the stage, where the school choir sung and the class president made a speech in Olson's honor. During the ceremony, Olson was able to give a thumbs up, indicating he was ready to be wheeled across the stage to receive his diploma.

At the age of 18, he fought bone cancer for more than a year.

Olson says “I think the graduation gave him some closure, gave him a goal that he had worked very hard for.”

There is no funeral arrangements have been made.

Connor Olson told that “His pain has been lifted,” “He didn’t lose to cancer … it could not quash the spirit of the man.”
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