A mother dying wish was completed when her son graduates high school, and she got to see her son from the bed.
She was diagnosed with rare cancer in 2015 and given ten months to live. She is treated at Baptist Hospital East in Memphis in late April as her health deteriorated.
Stephanie suffers from the condition that causes patients to have a higher risk of developing certain types of cancer which are known as Lynch syndrome. Her daughter, Amber, also died from the same disease, says family friend Julie.
This disease is an inherited condition, according to the Mayo Clinic, if one parent carries the gene mutation, then there is a 50 percent chance it will be passed on to each child.
Stephanie’s son, Dalton Jackson, completed all his requirement and was set to graduate from Halls High School in Halls, Tennessee, on May 18.
She told her loved ones that she could beat her cancer if she sees her son receive his diploma.
Julie Northcott, her friend of 21 years, said, “For two years, that’s all she’s (been) talking about. She wanted to make it to her son’s graduation.”
Two women are close as sisters and Julie married to Stephanie’s ex-husband, so they share the same last name.
Julie recalled telling Stephanie, “No matter what, you’re going to see Dalton graduate.” Julie added, “I just had to do it one way or another.”
But the doctors told her family that they weren’t sure about Stephanie would survive much longer and then Dalton along with family, friends, and staff from his school implement a plan to bring the ceremony to Stephanie.
Julie says, “When she was hospitalized, and we found out that she wouldn’t be leaving the hospital,” Julie added, “we got with the high school principal and brought [the ceremony] to her in the hospital chapel.”
Dalton was set to walk across the stage, friends and relatives joined Stephanie to take in the special moment before two weeks.