University of Indianapolis senior Mindy Owens will walk with class at graduation after cancer battle

Owens diagnosed as freshman

INDIANAPOLIS - A University of Indianapolis senior will walk with her class at graduation after she refused to let cancer delay getting her degree.

Mindy Owens, from Marion, was diagnosed with stage-four melanoma during her freshman year at college.

Although she was forced to miss some school time, she made up for it by taking extra classes and nearly caught up with her music education classmates.

Owens was honored by Rep. Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, at the Statehouse this week, who presented her with House Resolution 90, recognizing the senior's perseverance in continuing her studies.

"Mindy's perseverance and faith during her battle is truly inspirational, and I am honored to recognize her for the incredible example she has made for students and all young people," Behning said in a statement released by his office.

Owens will complete her student teaching this fall before officially receiving her diploma, but she'll walk with her class at graduation next month.

Although she still takes oral chemotherapy daily, Owens has recovered enough to perform in opera recitals weekly.

She looks forward to starting her career as a music teacher.

"That's been amazing in itself, getting to graduate on time," she said.
 

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