The Short of It
An Idaho teen escorts his terminally ill mom to his prom.
When Kerry Huffaker's 17-year-old son Dylan learned she had stage 4 brain cancer and was likely to only survive nine to 20 months, he decided to ask her to be his date for the Canyon Ridge High School prom.
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The emotional promposal, which took place after one of her radiation sessions, was captured on video. Dylan presented his mom with a box of donuts, and in the icing it said, "Will you go to prom with me?" While fiercely hugging her son, Huffaker can be heard asking Dylan repeatedly through tears, "You want me to go with you?"
She told ABC News, "My reaction was, 'You don't want to go to prom with your old, bald mom. You'll be embarrassed.' And he said, 'No I won't. I'll have the prettiest date there.'"
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"That was the most beautiful I think I've ever seen her," Dylan said about his mom on prom night. "I thought about it, and I can look back after years and years and remember who I went to prom with. I'll know it was someone I loved who meant something to me."
The night was especially meaningful given it's unlikely Huffaker will see her son get married, but the brave mom says, " I try not to focus too much on the future. I try to live today as best as I can, but [I thought], 'Who's going to dance with my son when the mom is supposed to dance with the groom at his wedding day?'"
Thankfully, they could share this special evening together.
Dylan treasures an especially memorable moment he and his mom enjoyed on prom night: "[The D.J.] cleared the dance floor and let us dance the first half, just me and my mom."
He also explained his motivation for asking her to be his date: "I put her through 17 years of hard times, so it's worth it to take her to prom. I love that my mom is as caring as she is. No matter what you're going through, she's willing to help—no matter what hard times she's facing."
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I'm glad this adorable mom and son had a truly unforgettable prom night. And now if you'll excuse me, I have to go wipe my eyes and go call my own mom to tell her how much I love her!