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Teen Finds Out His Grandmother, 91, Has Months to Live So He Takes Her to Her First Prom

Brittany Chalmers
Feb 03, 2022
10:20 A.M.
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When a teenager discovered his grandmother was terminally ill, he wanted to make her final months memorable. The youngster asked her to join him at a special event. 

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Julia Jarman was about to turn 92 years old when she was given an unexpected gift from her grandson, Stephen Vigil, in 2017. The Virginia student wanted to surprise Jarman because she was sick. 

Vigil found out that his beloved grandmother was in the final stretch of her battle against pancreatic cancer. The youngster ensured both he and his grandmother made a memory worth treasuring before she passed away. 

A young student takes his grandmother to prom | Photo: facebook.com/ageuk

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THEY ATTENDED PROM TOGETHER 

Vigil asked Jarman if she would be his prom date. He knew she had never attended prom and that this would be her last chance. Jarman was honored and enjoyed being escorted around by her dapper grandson. 

He held onto her arm and made sure she was comfortable. She wore a blue dress that matched Vigil's vest and donned a floral wrist corsage. The pair turned heads and moved many of the attendees to tears. 

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THEY RECEIVED LOTS OF SUPPORT

Stafford High School was very supportive of the idea and helped make the moment extra special. They gave Jarman a sash and crown. She said: "My first prom is with my special grandson."

Community members banded together to help where they could. When the duo got their hair done for the prom, the business stated it was on the house. The same thing happened when they tried to pay for their dinner after the dance. 

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HE WAS EMOTIONAL

The support was encouraging and made their prom date unforgettable. The youngster was emotional at the dance because he realized how much he would miss his special grandmother. 

Vigil expressed

“She doesn’t have much time left, so I didn’t even have to think about the decision to take her to prom. I’m so glad we’ll both have these memories.”

A young student takes his grandmother to prom | Photo: Youtube/Inside Edition

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MAKING MEMORIES 

Vigil's mother, Pam, shared that her son always had a close bond with his grandmother, and he was devastated by her diagnosisJarman fondly referred to Vigil as "her boy," and she was thrilled to have attended the dance with him.

Vigil also arranged a week-long trip with his grandmother. They traveled to Florida thanks to the Dream Foundation and made more memories. 

Terminally ill grandmother has her picture taken at her grandson's prom | Photo: Youtube/Inside Edition

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ANOTHER UNEXPECTED PROM DATE

Asking someone to the prom is a big deal for many high school students. However, some youngsters, like Vigil, used the dance as an opportunity to make someone else feel special—another student did something equally as touching. 

Brendan Ritchie made Ellie McCool a delighted girl when he asked her to be his prom date in 2016. The Missouri student had a disability and faced stigmatization daily. However, Richie ensured she had a magical night. 

Vigil and Ritchie made sure that their beautiful prom dates, Jarman and McCool, had fun and made some of their dreams come true by extending love and kindness. 

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