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High School Student Attaining One Of Her Goals (WYFF ...But she was forced to run an unfamiliar race with life when she had surgery to remove a brain tumor.... - Dec 03 5:05 PM ET

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Posted on: 12/04/2001

High School Student Attaining One Of Her Goals

Jody Feltz was on the fast track to a bright future. But a devastating event shattered her dreams.

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Now, after two years of hard work and determination, Feltz is about to reach one of her goals -- as one of several Upstate residents who will carry the torch of the Winter Olympics on Tuesday.

Feltz's friends said that her smile is contagious and that she has a personality that could charm any teacher into giving her good grades.

In fact, Feltz, a senior at Hillcrest High School had to keep up her grades to stay on the school's track team.

"It was really important. It was my whole life," Feltz ssaid.

But she was forced to run an unfamiliar race with life when she had surgery to remove a brain tumor.

" I think it was an eight-hour surgery -- and after that, I actually awoke singing," Feltz said.

The surgery was a success. But the complications came three days later.

"Everything went really wrong. I couldn't walk, talk or write. I couldn't do anything," she said.

Feltz had to learn to do all of those things all over again and missed her entire sophomore year of high school.

But she's back now and gearing up to run again. But this time, she will be carrying the 2002 Winter Olympics torch.

"I've never been in the Olympics. I've always wanted to. So now I will sort of be in the Olympics – but not really," Feltz said.

The Olympic torch will make its way through downtown Greenville Tuesday morning.

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