HIGH POINT, N.C. — Seventeen-year-old Megan Kinney was accepted to High Point University Friday.
It’s an accomplishment for the Pittsburg teen who suffers from cystic fibrosis — a severe lung disease which makes it hard to breathe.
“I do lots of treatments, hours of treatments every single day, around 50 pills or less a day,” Kinney said.
Because of the disease, doctors said Kinney probably wouldn’t reach her 20s.
“We were told there was a good chance she wouldn’t make it to see 18, to be able to go to college,” said Angela Kinney, Megan’s mother.
Kinney shared that struggle in a nine-minute video that she submitted as part of her application to High Point University.
“It just touched me, her story touched me, said Andy Bills, senior vice president for enrollment at HPU. “I said, ‘Wow, this is a special young lady.’”
High Point University admissions’ staff flew out to Kinney’s school in Pennsylvania, surprising her with an acceptance letter.
Angela Kinney’s tears of pain have turned to tears of joy.
“I am incredibly blessed to be able to have the privilege to miss my daughter because she’s in college instead of missing her because this disease had taken her life,” the mother said.
“I lived a life where I couldn’t imagine any of that because I knew or I thought that it wasn’t going to happen, and now it’s happening,” Megan Kinney said.