An Idaho teen took his mother to prom last month, worried that the terminally-ill woman wouldn’t live to see him at his wedding.
Dylan Huffaker’s mother, Terry, was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer in February, and is expected to have between 9 and 20 months left to live.
With not much time left, Dylan took his mother to the Canyon Ridge High School prom on April 30th.
“That was the most beautiful I think I’ve ever seen her,” Dylan told ABC News. “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.”
Dylan asked his mother to prom via a message written in frosting in a box of donuts, delivered to her when she was getting radiation treatment for her cancer.
“I was taken by surprise, that’s for sure,” Kerry said. “I try not to focus too much on the future. I try to live today as best as I can, but [thought], ‘Who’s going to dance with my son when the mom is supposed to dance with the groom at his wedding day?'”
At the prom, Dylan and his mother were given the opportunity to dance with the floor all to themselves, to “The Dance” by Garth Brooks.
“[The D.J.] cleared the dance floor and let us dance the first half, just me and my mom,” Dylan said. “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 your going through, she’s willing to help—no matter what hard times she’s facing.”