UNT grad overcomes brain surgery, mom’s death, raising brother

Fri, May 20, 2016 - 7:08am

By Nanette Light

DENTON — Katelynn Blasavage stands by the front door in a black knee-length dress and dark berry-colored lipstick, a green cap and gown in one hand.

With her other hand, she straps on a pair of brown wedge sandals.

“Am I obligated to wear heels?” she says, turning to face her brother and her husband.


Bryce English transfers from K-State to North Texas to be closer to cancer-stricken dad

Wed, Jan 20, 2016 - 10:10am

By John Taylor

A month after transferring to be closer to an ailing family member, Bryce English has found a new college football home closer to his actual home.

In the same press release that confirmed the expected, that quarterback Alec Morris had transferred in, North Texas also announced that English has officially been added to the Mean Green’s roster. The defensive lineman ...

UNT Mom Graduates Despite Illness and Late Start

Thu, Dec 10, 2015 - 11:17pm

By Brian Scott

A single mother and now University of North Texas graduate is beating the odds after nearly losing her life.

Darla Ray will get her degree at Friday's UNT commencement ceremony after becoming a well-known figure to many on campus.

Ray spent the last few years living in the dorms on campus and attending classes and study groups, though as a 49-year-old mother of two, she is clearly not the typical student.

Ray divorced when both of her daughters were still young...

Mom with breast cancer who taught daughters to give needs help herself

Mon, Dec 7, 2015 - 12:33pm

by Rachel Rice

The McGee-Scott family has endured plenty of sickness. Even before her breast cancer diagnosis, Tabitha McGee had asthma and bad knees. The radiation for her cancer gave her nerve damage and aggravated an old Army injury. Both daughters have gastrointestinal issues which required surgeries. “Deal with it; it’s what God gave you” has been the family mantra. The second is “give of yourself.”

“Both of my parents are givers and taught us it’s better to give than to receive, and that you find more joy in giving when you’re down and sad,” Tabitha McGee, 42, said. “If you’re out helping someone else that...