Avery Gerleman survived a catastrophic illness in 2006 that would have killed most people. Her recovery is nowing being investigated by the Vatican as it considers whether to name Father Emil Kapaun a saint. Gerleman vowed after her illness to become a nurse to take care of the sick. She will earn her licensed practical nurse pin from Wichita Area Technical College on Dec. 20. Bo Rader The Wichita Eagle