PLATTSBURGRH — As Malorie Drollette fights lymphoma and tries to keep her grades up for school, teachers and friends are trying to keep her spirits up as well.
Saturday, the Seton Catholic Central School Music Department and Student Council will host a fundraiser for the teen, “Knights at Night — Talent for a Cause.”
Malorie, 16, was diagnosed with lymphoma about a month ago, Seton music teacher Lita Paczak said.
She is currently in treatment and has not been in school for awhile. She is being treated in Burlington and has been traveling back and forth quite often.
A VIBRANT STUDENT
Paczak said the students had been asking to have a talent show for some time, and when Drollette became sick, the school came up the idea of turning the show into a fundraising event to help Drollette and her family with the expenses of treatment and travel.
Paczak said Drollette is a vibrant part of the school.
“We have a school where people know everyone,” she said. “Noticing that she’s not here just feels wrong.”
The music teacher added that the student was also an excellent writer with a good sense of propriety.
Drollette is in Paczak’s group performance class and helps evaluate songs to be performed to make sure they are appropriate for school students.
“She has a great deal of input,” the teacher said. “it just amazes my how she can read between the lines.
“I trust her judgement.”
As well, Paczak said, “I expect she’ll be eventually writing music herself. She is thinking of going into music in college.
“I think she will do very well.”
STILL DOING HOMEWORK
Drollette has been sending her homework to her teachers by email, Paczak said.
“She’s going through treatment, but she is still doing her work. I can’t imagine having to go through that. It’s just really traumatic.”