Amelia Academy

photoAA Senior Aeron M. Delivers Chapel Talk

2018, January 22 – “Life is hard,” said Aeron M. in the opening of his Chapel Talk, delivered at Amelia Academy on Jan. 22. “There are times when we want to give up,” he added, something he has not allowed himself to do.

Aeron shared a quote from Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through God who strengthens me.” These words have kept Aeron going through health challenges associated with his sickle cell disease and difficult times in his life. “I am a witness to the fact that just because something has gotten hard does not mean you cannot keep moving,” he said.

As an athlete who is known for his quick action, Aeron has also been sidelined by injuries. The worst occurred in November, 2016. “This injury was hard to handle,” he said. “My life was changed forever.”

Aeron was at basketball practice, doing drills with his teammates. As he moved down the court, he was being guarded by Zumar Smith. “For some of the drill, he stayed with me,” Aeron said. “I blew past him, and I was ready to get to the basket.”

After both players went up for the shot, Aeron ended up on the floor. “My femur, the biggest and toughest bone in the body, was broken,” he said. “I have never experienced pain like that,” he said, “other than a sickle cell crisis.”

Aeron said that his friends and teammates offered support as they waited for the rescue squad. When the EMTs arrived, Aeron was relieved to see a familiar face, Hanna E., a classmate. “Hanna is one of my close friends, so it was nice to have someone with me for the long ambulance ride.”

After surgery, Aeron had to undergo a grueling physical therapy regimen. “I had to learn to move my feet and walk again. It was hard,” he said.

It was during this time that the quote from Philippians became even more relevant as he needed strength more than ever before. Having been told he would be restricted from activity for six months, Aeron was back to his normal life in three. “The reason was because God gave me the ability to push through all the pain and heal quickly.”

Aeron told his audience that difficult times will come into their lives. The important thing to remember at these times is “to keep a positive attitude,” he said. “Lift your head and smile, because the best is yet to come. Your bounce back is going to be amazing,” he said.

As a student at the Academy, Aeron has been an integral team member on the JV and varsity basketball teams. He played varsity baseball. In addition, he has been a member of the Audio-Visual (AV) Club and participated in various Academy productions, including the annual Veterans Day program.

Attending his chapel talk were his parents, Malinda M. and Milton M. His sister, Stacey, a 2016 graduate of the Academy, was present via FaceTime from the hospital. Also present was Jonathan B., the Amelia Young Life leader.

Guests and members of the senior class attended a reception following the chapel talk program.