17-year-old Stephen Vigil wanted to give his grandmother something special for her 92nd birthday.
He takes a lot of inspiration from his grandmother, Julia Jarman, and he was heartbroken to learn that she’d been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. The two are extremely close, but Stephen’s still learning from his grandmother—and he was quite surprised to find out that she’d never attended her high school prom.
He asked, and she said yes. There was just one hurdle: The school had a rule preventing students from bringing guests aged 20 years or older to the prom. Stephen explained the situation to his principal, Joe Lewis, who immediately waved the rule.
“I’m just so happy we could do this for her and the family,” Lewis said.
Prior to the big day, Stephen took his grandmother on a weeklong trip to Florida, paid for by the Dream Foundation, an organization that grants wishes to terminally ill adults. During Mother’s Day Weekend, the pair spent time at Arlington National Cemetery, where Julia was able to visit the graves of several family members.
Then, it was time for the big dance.
“We laughed, we talked, we had coffee and we had juice,” Julia said. “It was just wonderful.”
Principal Lewis also greeted the pair with a special sash for Julia—and a silver crown, which paired nicely with her blue dress and red corsage.
The situation is similar to another heartwarming story from Summerville, South Carolina.