Column: A dreaded homework assignment gives an 'F' to a dreaded disease

BRITNIE BROCK BEAMS at the event at Gilda’s House while standing with grandmother Beryl Wrzinski.

BRITNIE BROCK DIDN’T want to do it.

She wanted nothing to do with this homework assignment.

At 14, who really feels like sitting around composing poetry for an English class, right?

Had she known at that moment, though, how powerful the words would be when she finally put pen to paper, maybe she would have approached the project with a different attitude.

Why? Because, because of her words, every day cancer survivors are given strength to continue on,

Her poem has become a source of strength for others at the University of Wisconsin-Madison cancer clinic.

Not bad for a grumbly kid acting like a “typical teenager,” as she put it.

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