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Rokusek, The Unknown Star

October 30, 2013

Elton Rokusek presented a program at Fulda High School last week about stopping bullying in America.  
 FULDA FREE PRESS/Norma Dittman
FULDA FREE PRESS/Norma Dittman
Elton Rokusek presented a program at Fulda High School last week about stopping bullying in America.
By Norma Dittman
Fulda High School gymnasium was filled with silent, respectful students, grade 7 through 12, as they listened to Elton Rokusek talk about overcoming the bullying that he has experienced throughout more than 60 years of life.

Rokusek, Tyndall, SD, shared with the students that he was born with a large hemangioma that covered much of the right side of his face and head. The doctor who delivered him was intoxicated and may have helped to cause the hemangioma through the use of instruments.

(The Mayo Clinic website describes a hemangioma (he-man-jee-O-muh) as a birthmark that most commonly appears as a rubbery, bright red nodule of extra abnormally dense blood vessels in the skin. His first surgery to attempt to make the hemangioma smaller was done at Mayo Clinic when he was three years of age. )

Roskusek told the assembly, “There is no question that I endured many heartaches because of other people’s rude stares, thoughtless comments, or heartless attitudes. But I also know that it was through those same events that I learned to be kind and sensitive to the needs of others.”

As a small child, Rokusek missed a lot of school due to his medical problems. Medically, there were many activities that would make the hemangioma swell significantly. Rokusek never knew what activities would cause the swelling, but when it would happen he was in great pain and would often have to be in the hospital.

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