Local School Held Early Graduation So Terminally Ill Parent Could Attend
An Orange County High School held a special graduation so a terminally ill mother could see her daughter graduate.
Washingtonville High School granted a terminally ill mother's dying wish this Memorial Day weekend, according to CBS New York. Elizabeth De Leon battled colon cancer for 3 years and wanted nothing more than to see her daughter, Cassidy, graduate high school.
A few months ago, her health had taken a turn for the worse and she was determined to live to see her graduate, according to CBS New York. Richard Pagan, Elizabeth's oldest child, reached out to the principal of Washingtonville High School, Brian Connolly, to make it happen.
Richard was able to go into the school over the weekend to get Cassidy's cap and gown, as well as her diploma. The principal presided over the bedside graduation ceremony and mentioned the asset Cassidy was to the school, as reported by CBS New York.
Elizabeth De Leon passed shortly after the ceremony, as stated by CBS New York. Cassidy will graduate with the rest of her class on June 21, 2018.