Yvonne Hoyt lost toes in her left foot to amputation because of her diabetes.
She was unable to work, but still pursued her dream of getting her GED. Decades earlier, she had left school in ninth grade.
"When diabetes forced me to quit my job and left me partially sighted, I knew that I had no more excuses," said Hoyt, 63, at the Literacy Partners Gala on May 1. "Now I am determined to succeed, and I recommend anyone thinking about returning to school to go for it.”
The Bronx resident left school in ninth grade to become a nurse’s aid.
Despite losing sight in her left eye and having the toes of her left foot amputated, Hoyt enrolled in classes with the nonprofit Literacy Partners in 2009.
She now attends pre-GED classes four days a week with the hope of entering college and becoming a social worker for diabetics.
“Yvonne’s persistence and dedication to her studies, in spite of the challenges she faces with her health, are an absolute inspiration,” Sarajane Blair of Literary Partners said.