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Boxing Keeps Dad’s Memory Alive

by Lesly Chavez Youth Reporter

Editor’s Note: The following story was written by a student in the Urban Youth International Journalism Program:

Karla Roldan wants to keep her father’s memory alive, so she boxes.

Karla is an 18-year-old senior at Prosser Career Academy. She is known as a varsity soccer player, born in Cuba, whose mother is Mexican and whose father was Dominican and Cuban. Her father was a pro boxer, which was exciting for her when she was growing up. Then she reached seventh grade and her father entered depression. He had to retire from boxing. Slowly, he became addicted to medication and then he accidentally overdosed.

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