Julia Jarman’s family was devastated when physicians informed them that she had only six months left to live, after she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February.
Jarman was the beloved best friend of her grandson, Vigil, who was heartbroken upon hearing the news of her fatal condition. Consequently, Vigil and his sister collaborated on a plan to make Jarman’s remaining days as meaningful as possible.
Upon learning of his grandmother’s condition, Vigil accompanied her to Florida, where they spent a week together. On Mother’s Day, they had lunch and visited the graves of some of their family members.
Determined to create lasting memories for his grandmother in her final months, Vigil’s sister suggested an ingenious idea for his upcoming high school prom: Why not take Grandma as his date?
Vigil recalled that his grandmother had never attended a prom before, and was touched by the idea. However, before he could extend the invitation to his grandma to join him for one of the most memorable events of his life, he had an important task to complete.
Vigil approached the administrator at Stafford High School in Virginia to inquire about the possibility of bringing his grandmother to the prom. However, he was uncertain whether she would be allowed to attend, as the school’s policy stated that students were only permitted to bring companions under the age of 20.
To Vigil’s surprise, the principal, Joseph Lewis, gave him permission to bring Jarman to the prom. Overjoyed, Vigil asked his grandmother if she would like to attend, and she enthusiastically accepted. Vigil made sure that Jarman was pampered for the event, including getting her hair styled and nails done.
Jarman donned a lovely blue dress that matched her grandson’s outfit and complemented it with a delicate pearl necklace. While most students arrived with their significant others, Vigil arrived at the venue with his beloved grandmother on his arm.
Upon arriving at the prom, Lewis and his colleagues warmly welcomed Jarman with a sash and a stunning crown, making her first prom even more unforgettable as it coincided with her 92nd birthday.
Vigil had initially been unsure about how his classmates would react to seeing him dance with his grandmother. However, he was delighted to witness the warm reception she received from everyone.
To make the night even more special for his grandmother, Vigil requested that the DJ play her favorite song, “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis Presley. As soon as the music started, Vigil held his grandmother’s hand and they danced together to the beautiful melody.
Vigil fondly shared that his grandmother had been one of his closest companions since he was born. His mother was extremely proud of him for creating such a special experience for his grandmother during her final months.
Jarman recounted how they spent the evening laughing, chatting over coffee and juice, and described her first prom experience as “absolutely lovely.”
As the heartwarming story of Vigil and Jarman’s prom date spread on social media, people couldn’t help but express their admiration and support for the duo.