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So much for sibling rivalry! College student Michael Pelley didn't like that his younger sister Olivia had to miss her junior prom, so he took matters into his own hands and planned another one for her.
While taking photos before her prom, Olivia began experiencing pain. The Wisconsin high school junior had a kidney transplant seven years ago and was experiencing complications. She quickly went to the hospital and missed out on the event, which was a huge disappointment.
"I couldn't stand. I couldn't concentrate," Olivia told ABC News. "I didn't want to go [to the hospital]. I didn't want to think something was wrong with me. I wanted to go to prom."
She had been voted unanimously by her classmates to be prom queen and it was her first date. Who'd want to miss that?
Soon after, big brother Michael began planning a second take at prom for his sister, even though he was in the middle of college finals.
"I was determined to make it happen. I couldn't let one of the greatest moments in my sister's life turn into the most tragic," Michael says.
He requested the school gym for the event, and to purchase the required insurance for it, he asked local businesses to sponsor it and donate money. Olivia's classmates organized fundraisers to help the family pay for Olivia's medical expenses, too.
Seventy people attended the second prom. They enjoyed a potluck dinner and music by the same DJ from the original school dance. And Olivia was crowned queen.
Michael is setting a true example of what siblings can and should do for each other. Now, he's set up a GoFundMe page to help pay Olivia's medical bills, and he's encouraging others to get tested to find out if they can become an organ donor. That's brotherly love.
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