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Laurens Co. mother to accept late son's diploma

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A family photo of Michael Anderson. (Source: Ava Boyce) A family photo of Michael Anderson. (Source: Ava Boyce)
LAURENS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The pictures strewn about Ava Boyce's house are a constant but pleasant reminder of the "angel" she said she had for 18 years.

"He never got in trouble, he never lied," said Boyce, talking about her late son. "I didn't have to put him in time out, I never had to whoop him. He was a good kid, he was a little angel."

Her son, Michael Anderson, was a student at Laurens District 55 High School up until the end. His friends and family gave him the nickname of "Tank," and she said he lived up to that name.

Boyce said her son became diagnosed with stage four lymphoma in 2012. Initially, he was given chemotherapy, and the cancer went into remission. But it came back, stronger, and ultimately took his life in February.

"He was buried in his cap and gown with honors," she said. "We were actually able to get it early. He had honors on his tassel."

"Tank" would have graduated this year. At the graduation ceremony in June, his mother will be accepting his diploma on his behalf.

"[I'll] probably be crying, but I'm going to accept it," she said.

Boyce said her son's death has left a mark on her as well as the community. She said she cries every day about her loss.

But she also said her son is a source of strength and keeps her going.

"He was strong, and a fighter. That's what I want everyone to know, what kind of son I had," she said.

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