For the last nine months, 17-year-old Lynzee Ford has been in the hospital battling leukemia.
When her mother, Valerie Warren, found out her daughter had only four months to live, she was determined to make sure she experience as many teenage milestones as possible.
"I didn’t want Lynzee to miss out on anything," Warren told KETK news station. "She missed out on summer, getting her first job…her driver’s license…so now we’re just gonna make life as normal as possible."
With the help of Kilgore High School students in Ford's hometown of Kilgore, Texas, Warren put on an early graduation ceremony for the sick teen. The school's "I Love Lynzee" campaign helped decorate the gym and organize a few special speakers for the occasion.
While the entire senior class was present, only Ford received a diploma, proudly wearing a red cap and gown as she was escorted up to the stage.
"It’s a culmination of kindergarten through twelve years of education for her, and a life of memories with her and her classmates," Ford's teacher Kathy Mehringer shared with KETK.
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"Lynzee is one of the strongest people I know, and she’s taught us a lot about family and fighting and never giving up."
The school has also arranged to host an early formal dance for the senior and is attempting to make her wish of meeting rapper Drake become a reality.
The Ford and Warren family is currently accepting donations to help cover the cost of the teen's medical bills, which you can contribute to on their GoFundMe page.
Watch footage from the emotional graduation ceremony below:
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