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Bloomington South’s Eli Dilts will graduate this weekend

Editor’s note: Due to early deadlines related to the Memorial Day holiday, the Herald-Times will publish photos from this weekend’s high school graduations on Wednesday.

When Eli Dilts was in second grade, all of his parents’ hopes for him — going to college, getting a job, growing up to be a good person — were put on hold.

At age 7, he was diagnosed with stage 4 medulloblastoma, a very aggressive brain tumour. The following year he underwent surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation therapy and had to relearn how to walk, talk and swallow. His mother and father, Angela Loewe and Jeremy Dilts, threw their other worries out the window and prayed for one thing: that Eli would survive this.

Even after five years, when Eli’s cancer was officially considered in remission, his family had no idea how normal he could live.

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