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Student with cancer stays home thanks to mask exemption in Pennsylvania


NEWTOWN, PA – Friends of Carolyn Austin returned to school for an in-person learning at Goodnoe Elementary in Pennsylvania’s Council Rock School District on August 30.

Much to her disappointment, Carolyn did not.

“I miss playtime with my friends,” she said.

The 9-year-old, who enjoys traveling and cooking, was diagnosed in June 2020 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Carolyn’s health was put to the test in just over a year, with her tiny body undergoing lumbar punctures, nasogastric tubes, bone marrow biopsies and chemotherapy treatments in addition to taking dozens of medications.

Catching COVID-19 would be another complication, explained his mother Elizabeth.

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Prior to Governor Tom Wolf’s masking order requiring facial blankets on K-12 campuses, Elizabeth Austin was too worried about her daughter’s health to send her back to class.



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