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Resilient high school senior undergoes cancer treatment on same day as prom

Resilient high school senior undergoes cancer treatment on same day as prom (Jay Korff/ABC7)

The hours, days and weeks blend and tumble into one another for Myasia Hargrove — her life literally measured by her body’s ability to finish infusions designed to destroy cancer.

Last October, doctors told Sylvester Campbell that his daughter, a high school senior, had a rare form of leukemia.

“It was devastating. When the doctor came in and told me I was like, 'No, you got it wrong. You need to talk to a different family. Not my child,'" said Campbell.

“To be honest. The first thing that came to my mind was that my life was over,” said Hargrove.

The horror of a cancer diagnosis was tempered by the fact that, thanks to targeted therapy, this type of cancer is treatable. In fact, Hargrove responded so well that she’s in remission.

“I’m glad that it’s almost over. That’s what I’m happy for," said Hargrove.

Happy to return to normal and do the one thing she’s dreamed about since she was a little girl. For months, she’s been planning her prom.

“I just can’t wait until my 12th grade prom. I just can’t wait and it’s finally here,” said Hargrove.

The only snag, one of her final infusions fell on the very day of the event. No problem for staff at Children’s National Health System in Washington and her parents.

“Oh, proud ain’t the word. That’s not joyful enough for me,” said Myasia’s mother, Norma Hargrove.

They arranged for Myasia to go from treatment straight to a room where her dress was waiting with cousin Kayla Conner handling hair and make-up.

“A lot of people give up. They feel like it’s the end and she didn’t and that’s a blessing to know somebody so strong," said Conner.

Dr. Julie Weisman, a pediatric oncologist at Children’s National, was a key member of Myasia’s care team.

“I’m just so excited to be a part of this and I know as a team we’re just really excited to share in this because we have been hearing about this for a year and I can’t believe it’s finally here,” said Weisman.

“I pinched myself a couple times today to make sure it wasn’t a dream,” said Myasia’s father.

Once Myasia was ready for prom, pictures were taken in front of adoring family members at the at the hospital’s Healing Garden.

“Wow. You look so gorgeous. It’s unbelievable. All of them are gorgeous. A dream come true,” said Myasia’s father.

“I almost cried a little bit. Everybody started crying. I’m over excited right now. And never, ever give up on your dreams no matter what anyone tells you," said Hargrove.

Then, Myasia and her dates — the sisters who stood by her every step of the way — stormed triumphantly down gleaming hospital halls into the bright lights of a storied celebration.

“Have you ever seen a prom send off like that before?” said Campbell.

No, we have not. But we’ve also never seen the likes of a family, bound by blood and sustained by faith, so determined to make sure Myasia made it to her senior prom.

“My heart is racing right now. OMG. I can’t speak right now I’m so speechless right now. It was a hard road and right now my heart just feels complete,” said Myasia before being escorted into her senior prom.

Those who wish to help Hargrove can contribute to her GoFundMe page here.


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