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Two teens brought homecoming to a cancer patient


It’s homecoming season! Which means that teens just like you are gearing up to dance the night away...even if that means in a hospital.

Blake Mounts, 17, from Hilliard, Ohio recently was recently diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. Because of his treatment, he wasn’t able to leave the hospital to attend his school's homecoming. When his sister, Taylor, 15, and his BFF, Kaitlin O’Connor, 17, found out, they knew they had to do something. Kaitlin was supposed to be Blake’s date and she was heartbroken when she learned that he couldn’t go because of his treatment.


“The plan was for him to be able to leave the hospital for an hour or two on the night of our homecoming to attend the dance," Kaitlin told she told Yahoo Style, "but after getting news of the severity of the cancer, that was no longer an option. Blake’s sister, Taylor, and I thought, ‘Well, if he can’t go to homecoming, then homecoming is coming to him.” Kaitlin even started a GoFundMe page for Blake's medical expenses.

The girls did just that and surprised Blake in his hospital room, completely dressed up, asking him to join them for the dance. They even decorated a room in the children’s hospital, brought him a formal outfit and invited his closest friends to make the night complete.


Taylor was excited to have helped him have an amazing night. She told BuzzFeed, “Honestly it was so amazing to see my brother so happy for the first time since he's been in the hospital and it was the first time he had been out of his bed since then.”

Judging by the pictures, we’re pretty sure he enjoyed everything that Kaitlin and Taylor planned out. It’s definitely a night that he’ll never forget. He even told BuzzFeed, “I guess you can say ‘It was lit.’ It was like three hours long.”

What do you think about Kaitlin and Taylor’s homecoming? Would you do something like this for your bestie? Let us know in the comments below!

Photo credit: Kaitlin O'Connor


by Katlyn Pierre | 9/28/2017
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