Teen Takes His Terminally Ill Grandmother to Prom

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High school junior Stephen Vigil's 91-year-old grandmother, Julia Vigil Jarman, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February and given six months to live, and the teen knew he wanted to do his part to make her last days special ones.

So, after learning that his grandmother never attended her own prom, the 17-year-old decided to take her to his.

"She was surprised," Vigil told Inside Edition of his grandmother's reaction to his request. "She was like, ‘Why me? I didn’t want to bring up the cancer or anything. [I told her,] ‘I just want to take you, grandma.' "

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Vigil contacted Stafford High School principal Joseph Lewis, who happily allowed the special request and helped the teen give his grandmother the prom she deserved.

Jarman was given a crown and sash when she arrived at the event Saturday night, and teachers, students and staff all gave her a warm welcome.

“There were a lot of tears that night when she came,” Lewis said. “This school is family. We treat each other as family, and we take care of one another. This is just one example of where we’re able to do that.”

Vigil shared that he even put in a special request to the DJ to play his grandmother's favorite Elvis Presley song, "Can't Help Falling In Love."

“She almost had me crying when she was singing it to me," Vigil said.

The teen added that he and his family are making the most out of the time they have left with Jarman.

“We’re just taking it day by day,” he said. “She’s still the same grandma she’s always been.”

Photo Credit: Instagram / @theforeigndesk


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