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Hailey's Heroes: Tina Washington

By: Hailey Frances Email
By: Hailey Frances Email

March 26, 2009

One of the definitions of a hero is someone who won't give up. That defines Tina Washington. You may have seen her at an event at the Virginia Festival of the Book, which featured one of her short stories.

Washington's story begins with her deep desire to earn a high school diploma. She is working towards her GED with the help of the adult learning center.

Washington and her classmates are hitting the books. As part of their class at the Adult Learning Center, they wrote short stories. Washington shared hers during the Virginia Festival of the Book.

Her short story is about the next chapter of her life, as she approaches getting her GED and aims for a career in nursing.

Her hopes were set back by recurring health problems that started just before high school graduation.

"I had a tumor in my brain that set me back a lot," says Washington. "They put me on total disability. I've had both hands operated on, both feet, and both knees."

Washington is 42-years-old and still pursuing her goals.

She hopes to be able to receive her diploma soon; although, that goal will once again be put on hold for a surgery. She hopes to have a diploma within a year.

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