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The Incredible Way One School Helped A Dying Teen See His Prom Dream Through

When Jak Trueman received news that his cancer had spread, he vowed to keep his promise of taking his girlfriend to prom -- and his fellow classmates came together to make it happen.

According to Cosmopolitan, the 15-year-old learned his Gammadelta T-cell lymphoma had spread into his bones and organs in January, after being diagnosed in August of last year. Unsure of how much time he had left, students and teachers at West Calder High School in Scotland organized a prom to help Jak keep his word.

Jak's long-term girlfriend and prom date Hannah Boyd thanked everyone involved for their "unconditional support."

Though he couldn't stay long because of his sickness, Jak expressed his gratitude on a Facebook page set up for updates during his cancer battle. The teen even apologized for leaving so quickly.

Two days later, Jak's mother announced he had passed away. His classmates honored him at school by wearing gold ties.

Before he died, his mother set up a JustGiving page. Jak hoped to raise 15,000 pounds (more than $22,000) for leukemia and lymphoma research. His legacy lives on with donations exceeding three times that amount so far.

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    My Talan. He's a leukemia warrior. He's 8 years old and he's just a regular kid. <em><strong>We call them "warriors" and "her
    Tevin Yarger
    My Talan. He's a leukemia warrior. He's 8 years old and he's just a regular kid. We call them "warriors" and "heroes" and "fighters" but really they're just kids... kids who are fighting a battle much bigger than any of us and nobody asked them if they were up to it. So when I say he's a regular kid it's because the worst part of his treatment is over and he's getting back to doing the only thing he should have to do right now. He's being a kid.

    This photo was taken a year to the date and I've never been able to get over the difference in his appearance. These kids live through hell. The worst part is knowing that as a parent you can only walk so far down that road with them. Talan would get sick to the point of bile. I wanted to comfort him so I'd reach out to rub his back or touch his neck with a cool rag but he'd put his hand up and without looking at me, in the best voice he could muster he'd say "No." That was the most profound moment as a parent caring for a child with cancer. He had to do the really bad parts alone and I could only watch. -- Tevin Yarger
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    This is my daughter Kasydi. She was diagnosed with ALL last year on July 15th at just 3 years old. <em><strong>It took two mo
    Krystal Stephenson
    This is my daughter Kasydi. She was diagnosed with ALL last year on July 15th at just 3 years old. It took two months of her constantly being sick to get her diagnosed with something other than anemia. As you can tell from this picture she is a very smiley little girl. She's so strong and brave. I am so proud to be her mom. -- Krystal Stephenson
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    I have a 4-year-old daughter who was diagnosed with a brain tumor at 2 1/2. Her name is Reese.<br><br>

After that she had a
    Amanda Skelte
    I have a 4-year-old daughter who was diagnosed with a brain tumor at 2 1/2. Her name is Reese.

    After that she had a failed chemo and another couple brain surgeries. We started new chemo and shrinkage for those 16 months. Her last chemo was April.

    She has been in the hospital for a month for assumed meningitis, she was in septic shock another month. She shared an IV pole with me when I gave birth to our baby girl last December.

    She is my middle monkey of my five under 8, and a huge piece of my heart. -- Amanda Skelte
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    My youngest out four kids is fighting brain cancer medullablastoma. His tumor was removed completely. His name is Isaac and h
    Nilsa Dominguez
    My youngest out four kids is fighting brain cancer medullablastoma. His tumor was removed completely. His name is Isaac and he's 7 years old. He finished six weeks of proton radiation/chemo and he has to complete six rounds of chemo. He has completed two rounds. He has definitely brought out the strength in me. He is so giving, caring, and he is my hero. I have always known there was no bigger love than a mothers love for her children and this reassured me that. -- Nilsa Dominguez
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    This is my son, Connor, 10 months after being diagnosed with DIPG. <em><strong>He looks healthy and full of life, right?</str
    Mariam Johnson
    This is my son, Connor, 10 months after being diagnosed with DIPG. He looks healthy and full of life, right? That's because the only course of treatment for this terminal on diagnosis cancer is radiation treatment. Radiation is a palliative measure to buy time and results in minimal hair loss.

    He lived 16 months from diagnosis and died less than six months after this picture was taken. In fact, he looked so healthy, at our Make-A-Wish trip to Disney, we were politely asked (over six times) to move from the "special line." He looked normal but was much worse off than those who had treatment options. -- Mariam Johnson
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    Here is our story about my 3-year-old daughter's cancer survival and miracle.<br><br>

Grace was diagnosed soon after birth w
    Sophie Grow
    Here is our story about my 3-year-old daughter's cancer survival and miracle.

    Grace was diagnosed soon after birth with neuroblastoma stage 4s. The 37 week ultrasound showed an abnormality and soon followed 3 full weeks until delivery of anxiety, more ultrasounds, so many doctors, and no answers.

    She was born healthy (it seemed) on her due date and came home with us days after. She showed no signs of stress except a lag in gaining weight. At 4 weeks old her left adrenal gland was removed and found to be lemon sized. The following treatment was a wait-and-see approach since 4s can spread all throughout the body without pain or ill effects. The cancer spread to her liver, right adrenal gland, and God knows where else in her body. We had the least invasive approach of regular ultrasounds and frequent check ups at Portland Oregon's OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital.

    At 10 months old, without chemo or radiation, with only love, this precious miracle tested cancer free. She's been cancer free since.

    Grace is an amazing person to experience and she lives life full speed ahead. -- Sophie Grow
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    My daughter, Caliah, was diagnosed with ALL leukemia at the age of 3 in 2010. She is four years in remission now. <em><strong
    Mindy Russell
    My daughter, Caliah, was diagnosed with ALL leukemia at the age of 3 in 2010. She is four years in remission now. Cancer has changed our lives and opened our eyes to the awareness we need to have. We are very blessed that Caliah responded to well to therapy and is a healthy 7-year-old now. -- Mindy Russell
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    Almost three years ago, my (then) 3-year-old daughter was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. It was caught through
    Jo-Ann Annunziato
    Almost three years ago, my (then) 3-year-old daughter was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. It was caught through a blood test. Within days, my seemingly healthy child was fighting for her life.

    I am happy to say that today, at the age of 5, Maya is cancer free. She finished chemotherapy this past June and began kindergarten a few days ago. Aside from some complications as a result of the intense chemotherapy she received, Maya is doing well and we hope it will remain that way always. We will forever live with the fear of her cancer returning though. Our entire world has changed and we are incredibly grateful that our daughter is still with us. We know how different things could be. -- Jo-Ann Annunziato
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    My son Simon was diagnosed with clear cell sarcoma of the kidney at 12 months. He braved seven months of chemo and was off tr
    Gretchen Leavitt
    My son Simon was diagnosed with clear cell sarcoma of the kidney at 12 months. He braved seven months of chemo and was off treatment for two years when he developed an inoperable brain tumor earlier this year.

    He is finishing treatment of intense chemo and had 28 radiation treatments. He has endured three surgeries including having his right kidney removed. He hates his pokes but has gotten so brave. I hate that he thinks this is normal and feels everyone is staring at his bald head. -- Gretchen Leavitt
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