Fifteen-year-old AJ Spaderwas getting ready for his first high school formal dance, and when it came to his date, he only had one girl in mind his ten-year-old sister Rebekah. She suffers from a myelodysplastic syndrome, a condition that disrupts the production of blood cells in bone marrow.
Several treatments have been unsuccessful, and her family has grown accustomed to the fact that Rebekah may not ever see a full life.
That means she’ll probably never get to go to her own high school dance, so the choice was an easy one for AJ.
Shes most likely not going to be able to experience high school. So, I just thought why not ask her to the formal, AJ said.
He painted the motto unbroken, brave, and blessed on a big banner to ask her to the dance, and Rebekah obliged.
Rebeka and AJ have a close relationship and he has a really big heart, said mom Stephanie, adding AJ wanted to allow her to do something that she wouldnt get to do.
The entire day was spent pampering and prepping, with Rebekahs grandmother styling herhair and another sister helping with the makeup.
What girl doesnt love getting dressed up and beautiful, said Stephanie.
Its fun to watch her live a part of life where the disease doesnt creep in, where she is just excited to be going and doing something, said dad Tony. A lot of the time it was a joyful moment, and yet there was a little sorrow.
But AJ wanted to make sure that his sister had the full experience, and so he pulled out all the stops.
They posed for pictures in their fancy clothes before the dance, with Rebekah donning a princess tiara.
AJ and his friends then took Rebekah out to a big dinner with AJs classmates and their dates.
AJ and his friends embraced her and embraced the situation and didnt blink twice that a little ten-year-old sister was going to hang out with them, said Stephanie. That for me was the most special thing.
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