Two years after brain tumor, Youngstown student graduates

East grad cancer survivor

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Friday marked an extra special graduation for one Youngstown City School student and his mom.

It was more than two years ago that QuayShawn Davis’ doctors found a tumor in his brain. Since then, he has been battling just to get back to class and back on his feet.

It may be a year late, but Davis, 19, is happy to finally graduate after attending East High School and Choffin Career Center. Davis overcame life-threatening health challenges to get to this special day.

“I had a brain tumor, right here,” QuayShawn Davis said, pointing to the right side of his head.

The tumor caused Davis to have seizures.

“It progressed as to where he started falling out on the floor and shaking and ambulance coming to the house 3, 4 times a day. Then he went to Akron Children’s and thank God they’re the ones that found it,” his mother, Kisha Teague, said.

Doctors removed Davis’ tumor on November 13, 2012. His mother was with him through it all.

“It was a rough time. He almost died a couple times,” Teague said.

Graduation almost didn’t happen for Davis, that’s why the day meant so much to both him and his Mom.

“She helped me get here to graduation and I wouldn’t be able to walk if it wasn’t for my mom,” Davis said.

Davis still meets with his doctor every three months, as he continues to recover.

“It’s been eating away some of my memory, but I’ve been gaining it back,” Davis said.

He’s left a lasting memory on the wall of East High School, where he drew the school’s mascot.

Davis said he is proud to be a Panther alum and plans to go to back to school to study welding.

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