West Lake teen with cancer takes the stage for special homecoming

WEST LAKE, Texas (KXAN) — A special performance welcomed a Westlake High School sophomore back to the stage.

Zoe Ashton has been battling Leukemia since May 2013. This school year, the aspiring actress landed the lead role in “Fantastic Mr. Fox.”

“Acting is just one of my passions and my hobbies and something I love,” Zoe explained. “It lets me connect with other people and lets me be myself.”

Zoe got sick and went into the hospital on the play’s opening night in November, so the school did something special.

“I didn’t like to see such a positive force go down in such a way, so I wanted to bring her back up,” said Westlake High School Theater Director Meredith Yanchak.

The school held a special performance Friday so Zoe could have her chance to shine.

“For Ms. Yanchak to let me do it, to finish my journey here, was the best gift ever,” Zoe said beaming. It just made me feel really special.”

Zoe’s doctors expect she’ll be cancer free by September. However, the teen says she wouldn’t trade her fight against cancer for the world.

“All the people I’ve met and all the things I’ve seen and experienced have just made me a better person, and I just couldn’t imagine life without those experiences,” she said.

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