Dawson Middle School celebrated the return of of their classmate and student TJ Sansone May 6. The campus held a Friday pep rally in honor of the seventh grader who collapsed and suffered a seizure while running in cross country class in mid-February. TJ was later diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and began treatments shortly after in Memphis.
TJ, his parents and the individuals who assisted him during the emergency were all on hand to celebrate during the spirited pep rally, where students and staff were decked out in colorful “Peace, Love TJ” t-shirts to support TJ during his recovery. In fact, students and staff on campus have formed “Team TJ” to raise funds for cancer research at Carroll ISD’s all-night Relay For Life fundraising event May 20.
Emergency service personnel who responded to TJ’s medical situation were invited and recognized with a standing ovation. The Dawson Middle School band and cheerleaders performed during the 40-minute pep rally. Principal Ryan Wilson also to recognize two of TJ’s classmates and a local citizen who helped the student during his seizure.
Principal Wilson also used the pep rally opportunity to recognize students and staff for helping Dawson earn the 2011 Model Middle Schools To Watch Award from the Texas Middle School Association. The campus was one of just 11 selected for the honor across the state.