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Dixie Heights senior makes it to graduation with a collapsed lung

Dixie Heights High School senior Casmir Thornbury was ready to take the mantel and give his graduation speech as class president, but he a week before graduation he found himself at Children's Hospital. (Source: Shawn Lanier, FOX19 NOW) Dixie Heights High School senior Casmir Thornbury was ready to take the mantel and give his graduation speech as class president, but he a week before graduation he found himself at Children's Hospital. (Source: Shawn Lanier, FOX19 NOW)
CRESTVIEW HILLS, KY (FOX19) - Dixie Heights High School senior Casmir Thornberry was ready to take the mantel and give his graduation speech as class president, but he a week before graduation he found himself at Children's Hospital.
 
"It was disappointing each day, because until yesterday I had no clue what was going on,” Casmir said.
 
He was suffering from a collapsed lung for the second time. Casmir's mother, Michele Thornberry felt helpless.
 
"Overwhelming,” Michele said. “As a mom, you want to fix things for your son and this just happens to be one thing I couldn't fix for him."
 
Casmir keeps a smile on his face, but this news about his lung has him and his mom a little frustrated at times.
 
"My lung is supposed to be doing it,” Casmir said. “It's supposed to heal itself, but it isn't doing that."
 
“It's just a helpless feeling," added Michele.
 
Day after day Casmir was trying to figure out how to address his graduating class. He even pre-recorded a speech to be played during their graduation.

All of that changed once Children's Hospital's transport team agreed to get Casmir to his graduation safely.
 
He had a personal escort to the Bank of Kentucky Center, where he surprised his graduating class.
 
Casmir will now see his one wish come true.
 
"We go outside for a half-hour, and we take pictures and talk to everyone,” Casmir said. “I told my doctors that's what I want to do. I don't care if I miss walking up on the stage, and receiving my diploma, I don't need to hear my name called. I just want to be there with everyone and know that it's finally over."
 
As he addressed his class as their president, he had one thing on his mind.
 
"I hope I can get through it. I hope my lung doesn't collapse while I'm up there," Casmir said.

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