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CANCER CLAIMS TEEN DAY AFTER GRADUATION

A cancer stricken teenager who attended his graduation on a stretcher after winning a battle to be there died the next day.

Jim Stan, 18, who had an inoperable brain tumor, died Saturday at Holy Cross Hospital."He told me . . . that he'd reached his goal, and I guess he did," said nurse Doris Johnson. "He said he was tired and he wanted everything over with."

One day earlier he had received a standing ovation from his 240 classmates when he picked up his diploma from Washington High School.

"He was a really nice, sweet guy," classmate Paco Paolone said.