Chipola Student Is Getting National Attention

By: Heather Waliga
By: Heather Waliga

Raising a family is a difficult task for anyone. Imagine having to do it at 19 years old. That's what happened to Chipola College student Lawanda Peterson. She became head of her household when her mother passed away of breast cancer.

The oldest of seven children, Lawanda's been the primary caregiver for her six brothers and sisters for almost a year. Now, she's getting the chance to tell her story.

On Wednesday she's heading to New York to be on the Montel Williams Show. She and two of her brothers and sisters will be featured on the segment "amazing families.

"I don't think God would have did it without a reason, and I don't think he puts more on me than I can bear. It's been pretty hard, but I know it's made me stronger and made me feel like I'm able to do what I'm doing," says Peterson.

Lawanda is a freshman at Chipola College. She plans to get a degree in nursing and eventually become a registered nurse.


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