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Milestones

Community holds early prom, graduation for teen diagnosed with cancer for the second time

By WITW Staff on May 29, 2019

Eighteen-year-old Hanna Safley was looking forward to her high school prom and graduation in Puyallup, Washington, when she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia earlier this month, according to Yahoo. The news meant she would need to promptly begin treatment, missing the two major milestones. So the community came together to host an early graduation and prom for her.

Her mother, Kelly Safley, said Hanna had previously been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, when she was 13, and had “powered through.” But she missed out on many school activities during the treatment — something her mom didn’t want to see happen again. “Hanna already had so much taken away from her, and really, she had a second chance at life,” Kelly said. “It taught us a lesson. The lesson is that whatever we do, we’re gonna give her everything that we can and give her every experience, in spite of the stupid cancer.”

The family, with the help of the community, organized a graduation for Hanna two days after her diagnosis, according to Yahoo, filling the auditorium at Puyallup High School with nearly 600 people, including school administrators, offering Hanna support and encouragement. In another powerful event, Kelly told Yahoo, friends organized a mock prom, where Hanna was able to get her hair and makeup done, wear her prom dress, and take pictures with friends.

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“We are expecting that it’s gonna be fine in the end,” Kelly said, noting that her daughter plans to attend the University of Washington in the fall. “But where we’re at right now is we have to make decisions to give her what she can experience right now and give her everything possible in this moment before we go into that treatment. Everything’s sort of coming together for Hanna to have these experiences before everything gets really, really rough.”

Read the full story at Yahoo Lifestyle.

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