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Brain surgery won’t keep social work senior from graduation

Aimee Green Many remarkable stories of perseverance and success surround Sacramento State’s Spring Commencement. Meet Aimeé Green.

The social work major is postponing imminent brain surgery to cross the Golden 1 Center stage during the College of Health and Human Services ceremony at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 19. She will become the first person in her family to earn a college degree. Two days later, she’s scheduled to undergo surgery to remove a tumor embedded in her brain tissue.

“Most people, when they’re found to have a brain tumor that requires surgery, would like the operation done as soon as possible,” says Dr. Fady Girgis, the neurosurgeon who will operate on Green. “Aimeé, however, was willing to put aside the anxiety and risk that are associated with waiting in order to complete her studies.”

Green says, “I’ve worked so hard for this, to get to this point. I want to walk at graduation.”
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