St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway

St. Jude holds prom for high schoolers battling cancer

St Jude Dream Home

It’s prom season for teenagers everywhere including those who are patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

A dance is held right on the campus of St. Jude so high schoolers don’t have to miss out on an important milestone.

“It makes a not normal situation as normal as possible,” said Marcus Mashon.

Marcus’ daughter Kennan has missed a lot of high school because of leukemia, but she did not have to miss out on prom. 

St. Jude makes sure parents too get to enjoy this special memory.

“We don’t take any day for granted anymore.”

Kennan was just 14 when doctors found a mass on her chest, and even after 40 weeks of treatment at St. Jude, the leukemia came back. She needed a bone marrow transplant but couldn’t find a donor match on the national registry.

“She has an 11-year-old brother so they tested him. They said he was a DNA twin.”

Her little brother saved her life. It is what dad calls a real-life superhero. 

Now, Kennan is back at school in Baton Rouge, getting straight A’s, thanks in part to the teachers at St. Jude, who tutor kids during treatment.

“There’s nothing that we can’t accomplish as a family,” added Marcus.

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