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Seizing precious moments

In the News | May 26, 2017

SOME news stories go straight to the heart. One such piece this week was reporter Amanda Vicinanzo’s article about Julia Jarman and her grandson Stephen Vigil, a junior at Stafford High School.

Last Saturday, on the eve of Jarman’s 92nd birthday, Stephen, 17, escorted his grandmother—who didn’t attend her own prom—to his high school prom at Riverside Center. It was his idea, the most elaborate in a string of fun get-togethers he and Jarman have had. And not a minute too soon, for she has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, with not long to go.

[W]hen word came of Jarman’s condition, he and his family resolved to make the most of their remaining months. They took a weeklong trip to Florida, courtesy of the Dream Foundation, which grants dreams for terminally-ill U.S. adults. On Mother’s Day weekend, Stephen took her out to lunch and to Arlington National Cemetery to pay respects to several family members interred there.