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Published November 17, 2011, 06:59 PM

Technology helping Fargo 3rd grader stay connected through cancer treatments

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Anytime a child battles cancer those days and weeks away from school can be such a challenge. Now, technology is changing how a student ill at home can not only keep pace with homework, but stay connected with friends in the classroom.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Anytime a child battles cancer those days and weeks away from school can be such a challenge. Now, technology is changing how a student ill at home can not only keep pace with homework, but stay connected with friends in the classroom.

Eva Unger's classroom is spread out across the family's dining room table. Today, Fargo school teacher and tutor Mrs. Gross is here like she has been this past year, working with Eva on her school work, as the 3rd grader battles cancer.

But in addition to having Mrs. Gross in the room, technology is helping Eva stay connected with her friends. A few times a week, Eva's teacher, Emily Martin at Roosevelt Elementary connects Eva and the class using Skype.

Melanie Unger – Eva’s Mom: “Eva has been able to only attend school twice this fall and so she has unintentionally been isolated and it is important she feels part of her class and that her friends see that she is part.”

Because of surgery and chemotherapy this past year, going to school has been tough for Eva. In addition to home tutoring, Skyping is helping the 3rd grader feel included.

Emily Martin – Roosevelt Teacher: “Take for granted when you are not in school, when a kid is sick for just one day. Here we miss her and when see her on camera it is wonderful.”

Eva Unger – Roosevelt 3rd Grader: “I can see my classmates and still be at home.”

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Max Unger – Eva’s Dad: “I think it will help when Eva goes back to school and they can say, oh there is Eva.”

Eva Unger: “I got his autograph but I did not see him.”

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Eva hopes to return to her class at Roosevelt by early December.

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