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Dying mum’s wish is granted when her local community organises mock ceremony

Montana girl, Kelsey Grant, is graduating from high school as valedictorian.

But unfortunately her mum is not going to be there to see it.

Kelsey’s mum Carol was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer in January, and moved to hospice soon after.

Carol’s diagnosis is regrettably proving grim, with her husband Terry sharing: “She’s ready to go anytime.”

In a difficult couple of months for the Grants, a family friend, the local community and Kelsey’s school, organised an early graduation ceremony especially for the mum and daughter.

The emotional mock graduation took place in the hospital dining room, with Kelsey’s friends, school teachers, and family in attendance.

In a wonderful turn of events, the ceremony was very much a community affair – local businesses donated flowers, a cake, and a graduation banner.

The ceremony went ahead as normal, with guest speakers and plenty of speeches.

But the beautiful event was also marked with each student passing Carol a flower and kind words, before her wonderful daughter gifted mum a single rose, seconds before embracing.

Carol got to see her 17-year-old baby girl graduate. 

This video is incredibly emotional, but nevertheless we think it also proves that community spirit always shines through.

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