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Resilient high school senior undergoes cancer treatment before heading to prom


WASHINGTON (WJLA) — For 18-year-old Eastern High School senior Myasia Hargrove, making it to prom night feels surreal after her father broke the news to her last fall.

“It was just devastating. When the doctor came in and told me, I said he was wrong. You are talking to the wrong family. Not my child,” said Myasia’s father Sylvester Campbell.

Doctors diagnosed Hargrove in October with a rare form of leukemia. Thanks to world-class care at Children’s National Health System in Northwest Washington, Myasia is now in remission, but she still requires a couple more infusions. This one fell on the very day of her prom.

Resilient high school senior undergoes cancer treatment before prom

Myasia told us during the infusion, “I fought and I said I cannot miss my 12th grade prom.”

Undeterred, she and her family spent months planning for this day.

Her dress, which arrived at the 11th hour, was orange, which represents leukemia. Her make-up and hair — done in a hospital room. Her dates — a sister and sister-in-law who got her through her chemo. Her pictures — taken at the hospital’s healing garden.

Dr. Julie Weisman, a key member of her care team, placed a tiara on Myasia.

Moments after her father saw his daughter in her prom dress for the first time, he told WJLA, “It’s unbelievable. All of them are gorgeous. It’s a dream come true.”

Three-wheeled slingshot vehicles escorted Myasia and her dates to prom, which was located at a posh downtown hall.

When Myasia arrived she said, “My heart is racing right now. Oh my God. I can’t even speak right, I’m so speechless right now.”

Ask any young person who fights for their life and they’ll tell you they just want to feel normal again, to do normal things. For Myasia Hargrove, it was attending her prom — to dress up, to be beautiful and to shine.

“It was a hard road but now my heart just feels complete,” said Hargrove.

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