When one Montana mother found out she had stage four cancer, her first thought was that she might not make it to her daughter’s high school graduation.
When 55-year-old mom Carol Grant was diagnosed in January with stage four pancreatic cancer, she was scared yet the first words out of her mouth were “I won’t be able to see my daughter graduate.” So for the past few months, Grant has been holding on in order to make it to the graduation, which is scheduled to take place on May 20.
But recently Grant’s condition started to deteriorate rapidly and was placed into hospice care just a few weeks ago. “She is ready to go anytime,” Carol’s husband, Terry, said. The family was crushed that Grant wasn’t going to see 17-year-old Kelsey graduate especially since she’s the class valedictorian.
However, local residents Michelle Wolff and Mary Elizabeth Grue reached out to the school and organized a special early ceremony at the Prairie Community Hospital so Grant wouldn’t miss the special moment. “They did an actual graduation,” Terry said. “They had guest speakers. They went through the speeches and everything. They did it in the dining hall of the hospital just like it would be at the regular graduation.”
“Kelsey held together pretty well. When she was giving her mom a hug with the rose it was very emotional. She gave a speech, but she started crying,” Wolff said. “A lot of people were extremely emotional. My wife wasn’t all there because she’s on a lot of medication, but she clapped,” Terry said.
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[Featured image: Michelle Wolff]
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