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Stafford High School junior takes terminally ill grandmother to prom

In the News | May 24, 2017

On the eve of her 92nd birthday, Julia Jarman received a special gift from her grandson: He escorted her to his high school prom.

The 17-year-old decided to ask his grandma to be his prom date after learning of her pancreatic cancer diagnosis earlier this year. Jarman’s doctors expect she will live only a few more months.

Stephen’s mom, Pam Vigil, said he was devastated by the news. The two have always been close and Jarman fondly refers to her grandson as “my boy.”

But Stephen is determined to spend their last few months together making memories. They started with a weeklong trip to Florida through the Dream Foundation, which grants dreams for terminally-ill adults in the U.S.