Katelyn Norman, 14, with her prom date. Photo courtesy of Michael Dayah / http://www.gofundme.com/Katesbucketlist
Katelyn Norman's hospital prom, photo courtesy of Michael Dayah
A Tennessee teenager who has been battling a rare form of bone cancer for two years compiled a bucket list after learning her treatments were no longer working, MyFox8 reported.
On Katelyn Norman's bucket list: going to the prom. The 14-year-old's family contacted her school district, which made plans for a dance to happen within a week.
But, Katelyn was rushed to a Knoxville hospital on March 19 for difficulty breathing. Although she told one of her teachers that "the prom must go on," the school decided to bring the prom to her hospital.
Hospital staff decorated her room, and more than 100 people drove to Knoxville's East Tennessee Children’s Hospital to attend the 'dance,' escorted by local law enforcement agents. Katelyn's date presented her with a corsage and a sash as more people lined up outside her hospital window, forming the shape of a heart.
A limo even drove to the hospital in Katelyn's honor.
The prom still went on at the original location, because it was Katelyn wanted.
"That's her; and you can't help but feed off that energy, that life," the unnamed prom organizer told WATE.
Several thousand dollars has been raised to help Katelyn accomplish her bucket list, according to her website GoFundMe.