19-year-old Vlad Yanstev was diagnosed with brain cancer three years ago. He recently found out his tumor is terminal and learned that he likely only has months to live.
Because of the treatment associated with his cancer, the teenager never had the chance to attend a high school dance before graduating in 2012.
But his friends weren’t going to let him die without the experience. As KARE-TV reported, Yanstev’s friends organized a special dance just for the Minnesota teenager.
“He’s expressed a lot of regret not being able to go to those,” friend Alex Clark told the local NBC affiliate. “With his condition, we just had to do something,”
“We’re just kind of remaking a school dance for him,” another friend, Courtney Aydt, added to KARE-TV.
Surprising him in front of dozens of friends at a country club, Clark asked Yanstev if he would be her date for the evening.
“I was wondering if you would be my date to first annual Vlad-Daze,” she asked.
“Alex, that sounds incredible,” Yanstev replied. “Yes!”
Throughout the evening, even teachers came by to have their photograph taken with him.
Yanstev was overwhelmed.
“I want you to all know how much this means to me,” he told the group. “I never would have been able to wake up in the morning just all of you waiting for me to push through and just make it.”
Clark told KARE-TV it was all worth it.
“He is such a great person and we just want the best for him,” she said.
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