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Tonganoxie graduate Connor Olson dies after battle with cancer

A special graduation ceremony was conducted Thursday at Tonganoxie High School for senior Connor Olson. Olson, who is battling cancer, suffered a stroke earlier this week.

A special graduation ceremony was conducted Thursday at Tonganoxie High School for senior Connor Olson. Olson, who is battling cancer, suffered a stroke earlier this week.

April 21, 2010

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A battle with bone cancer that lasted more than a year has ended for a Tonganoxie High School senior.

Connor Olson, who graduated from THS during a special ceremony this past week, died just before 8 p.m. Wednesday surrounded by friends and family at his home, THS principal Jamie Carlisle said.

“You look at Connor and you look at his life and he has touched so many lives and so many people in so many different ways,” Carlisle said. “He was a blessing to us all.

“And absolutely his physical presence will be missed, but he will always be with us in some capacity. The love that he was able to share while he was on this earth is immeasurable. As a principal, as a father, but as a brother in Christ, I was very proud to know him through these last few days of his life."

Olson has been battling bone cancer for about a year, as it started in his right leg. His right leg and foot were removed because of the cancer. Later the cancer attacked his lungs and a hip. On April 11, Olson suffered a stroke.

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toughangel41 3 years, 12 months ago

R.I.P Conner God bless the family and friends our prayers are with you

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TongieMom 3 years, 12 months ago

http://www.kansascity.com/2010/04/21/1894385/tonganoxie-student-who-courageously.html

Quote from his dad: “His pain has been lifted,” Olson said. “He didn’t lose to cancer … it could not quash the spirit of the man.”

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redmoonrising 3 years, 12 months ago

So sad to read this. I agree, edjayhawk, we take this life for granted too often and don't see the good things all around us. Let Connor be a good example for us all.

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TongieMom 3 years, 12 months ago

Well said Mr. Carlisle...

RIP Connor

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edjayhawk 3 years, 12 months ago

A very courageous young man. We complain about how crappy our lives are but should be grateful for what we have and live each day like it's our last.

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cheeseburger 3 years, 12 months ago

Abraham Lincoln said something to the effect of - it's not the number of days in one's life, but the amount of life in one's days. It sounds like Connor touched a lot of lives while on this earth. Prayers to the Olson family and to all of Connor's classmates, teachers, and administrators. Carry your memories of him and the inspirational nature he demonstrated with you throughout your life.

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