RUFFSDALE (KDKA) — At just 8-years-old, Nevaeh Griffin had the chance to experience prom.
She made a grand entrance on the red carpet with her parents as they pushed her in her wheelchair.
Students at Yough Intermediate School lined the red carpet and welcomed her with claps and cheers. This could be the only prom the third grader will ever get to go to.
“She’s currently battling Osteosarcoma. Currently, she has to go and seek treatment elsewhere because there is nothing else available for her here,” Nevaeh’s mom, Amber Griffin, said.
Next week, the Griffin family will be jetting off to Los Angeles, hoping that special radiation treatment there will help her.
“We always hope for the best. This is our last hope for treatment wise. If treatment doesn’t work out there, we will travel for a week or two, take her to the Grand Canyon, then bring her home to spend the rest of the time with her family,” Amber said.
Nevaeh was diagnosed with bone cancer last April. While she normally can’t walk because she’s in too much pain, today was a different story. She danced, laughed and was even crowned prom princess.
Nevaeh said she never though she would be able to experience something like this.
“I just want to thank all the students that helped put this together,” Nevaeh said.
The dance was supposed to be a Valentine’s Day dance for seventh and eighth graders, but when they heard about Nevaeh, they wanted to give back.
“It really makes me smile. It makes my heart very happy,” eighth grader Gina Romano said.
“It’s really nice to see that the kids did this. Teenagers sometimes get a bad rap for only caring about themselves and really that’s not true at all,” eighth grade reading teacher Michelle Contain said.
“I hope she gets to experience this again,” Neveah’s dad, Jason Griffin, said.
That’s her goal. She plans to keep fighting and never stop.
“Stay strong,” Neveah said.
After the dance, Neveah and her family were picked up in a limousine and taken to the Olive Garden to have dinner so she could be treated like the princess she is.