Xavier Henderson had to turn away. As his mother, Pamela, lay in a hospital bed, fresh off an eight-hour surgery to clip a pair of aneurysms in her brain, she couldn’t remember who her son was. The pain was too much for Henderson to bare, and he broke down in tears.
He still remembers the emotions of that moment and the months-long journey that would follow. As his mother recovered and continued to gain strength, the seasons changed and the weather grew colder. Holidays came and went.
And as the day after Christmas arrived, a very special delivery showed up at the Henderson residence — one that would provide a tremendous amount of comfort to a family that had been through so much.
It was a letter explaining that Henderson, a senior at Maranatha Christian Academy, had not only been accepted to Morehouse College in Atlanta, but that he would be the recipient of a prestigious full-ride, four-year scholarship. The decision was made based on his grade point average, ACT score, community service and an essay.