North Bullitt High School student battling brain cancer commands color guard at first home football game
Schott recently recieved his third brain cancer diagnosis. This is his second year with JROTC.
SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Jesse Schott is a three-time brain cancer patient, but he isn't letting that hold him back from accomplishing his dreams.
One of those dreams took place Friday night.
“It’s a normal day," Schott said. "Another day in paradise."
As his grandmother helps him with the finishing touches, family and friends were touched by Schott's perseverance.
“He challenges us all to be better," said Army JROTC instructor Gene Siler. "He makes us give our best each and every day."
Schott was recently diagnosed with brain cancer for the third time.
“He even asked the doctor, ‘Is this cancer going to kill me?’” said his grandfather, Kyle Schott.
But the North Bullitt sophomore isn't letting that stop him from being a normal teenager.
“It's been really exciting watching him happy, enjoying himself and forgetting what problems he has,” said his grandmother, Margie Schott.
And that started with a ride to his high school football field with Hillview Police. As the adrenaline built, Jesse Schott couldn't help but think about his big moment ahead of him, commanding the color guard for the first time in front of his school.
“My favorite part of color guard is being there with all my fans, all my people,” Jesse Schott said.
And his moment in the spotlight began once he arrived on the field and an announcement was made over the speaker: “Tonight's color guard is being led by Cadet Corporal Jesse Schott.”
The audience clapped, and Jesse Schott took command, even getting a little emotional during the playing of the National Anthem.
Seen as a pillar of strength, his peers and the community looked on with respect. For someone with such a huge personality, he was almost left speechless by the whole experience.
“Excellent, loved it, couldn’t ask for anything better,” Jesse Schott said.
“I'll never forget it," Siler said. "I'll never forget it."
At just 16 years old, Jesse Schott will continue his battle while embodying a spirit of perseverance and bravery.
“He's right," Margie Schott. said. "We're going to fight it, and he's going to do just fine."
If you’d like to support Jesse Schott, the Zoneton Masonic Lodge will be giving all proceeds from its breakfast buffet to organizations he is a member of. Those include the North Bullitt JROTC Drill Team and Boy Scout Troop 007. The breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday and stays open until 11 a.m..
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