Mikaelah Molifua is a senior in high school and has just been diagnosed with cancer. She now spends days at a time in the hospital for chemotherapy treatments, but will spend that night at a varsity sports banquet and the next day at school and baseball practice (she still works as the varsity wrestling and varsity baseball team manager, a cheerleader, and a softball player). Her family’s story and her school’s support make Mikaelah one of the most loved and strongest people I have met while working. It was great to work with her and I can’t wait to see how she is doing at her senior prom next week! Read Mikaelah’s story of strength here.
Today I met Roberta Droescher and her large, complicated, and eternally loving family. Roberta spent much of her life struggling with drugs and alcohol, but cleaned up after she had her daughters. “Once I was blessed with my children, that’s the only high I ever needed,” she said. She has become sober and a well-respected member of the Ponca tribe community in Lincoln. But now she lives with three kinds of cancer. Though her cancer made her extremely exhausted today, she pushed through for her daughter Savannah’s eleventh birthday party. “I did my bad and I’m trying to do my good now,” she said.
The Husker volleyball team celebrated their final win in the NU Coliseum on Friday night. They had just won against Northern Iowa in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Next season the Huskers will move on to the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln’s Haymarket. Fans stuck around for more than an hour to take final photos of the coliseum and reminisce.