Sister accepts diploma on behalf of Clay-Chalkville senior battling infection

Jennifer Head and family

Hundreds of Clay-Chalkville High School seniors took the stage to accept their diplomas Thursday afternoon at Samford University.But one senior, 18-year-old Jennifer Head, couldn't be there because she's battling an unexpected infection at Children's of Alabama. Her sister, Amanda, and service dog, District Attorney, accepted the diploma on her behalf. "I tell everybody she's my hero because we are really proud," said Amanda. "I hate that she's going through this."Jennifer has Spina Bifida, a disabling birth defect caused when the spinal column doesn't close completely. For more information on Spina Bifida, click here.Jennifer graduated with straight As and was exempt from her final exams.{} "She never let her disability slow her down," said her father, Tim. "She said God made me this way, and I'm happy with it."The high school seniors gave more than $500 at Thursday's graduation to help Jennifer's family while she recovers.