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Citizenship & Collaboration: Mrs. Marla Oliver’s Upper Division H.O.P.E. class
When Coach Marla Oliver first heard about Dahlia’s story on a local Tampa news station, an idea began to form. This seemed to be a perfect opportunity to integrate a real-life story into her H.O.P.E. (Heath, Opportunities in Physical Education) class.
“Our class was studying drugs and alcohol and the negative effects of marijuana use,” Oliver explained, “Then we turned the tables to study the science behind the medical marijuana used to help, not only cancer patients, but people suffering from many other diseases.”
Dahlia, a 2 years old, was diagnosed with brain cancer in May of 2013 and began chemotherapy at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. After finding out that Dahlia’s cancer was a much more aggressive cancer than originally thought, they brought Dahlia to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Tampa. Since then, Dahlia’s mom has been spreading the word about medical marijuana’s anti-tumor effects. Learn more about Dahlia on her website.
Oliver shared Dahlia’s story with her high school H.O.P.E. classes. Students were touched by the story.
“Our classes raised $150 for a gift card for her for Christmas gifts and made cards along with two short videos,” Oliver said. “We will continue to follow her progress and hopefully form a relationship with her and her family. It’s a great time of the year to think of those less fortunate and this is what I hope to instill in all of my students.”