- When Stephanie Bodsford was diagnosed with stage four esophageal cancer, she was given only a week to live – but her daughter’s high school graduation was not until a few months.
- Powhatan High School heard the news and decided to hold a special graduation ceremony in Stephanie’s hospital room.
- Thanks to the school’s kind gesture, the proud mother was able to see her daughter in her graduation cap and gown.
The Bodsford family of Powhatan, Virginia, had a pretty happy life. Patrick and Stephanie had their auto detailing business. Their children were busy with school – Ethan was in his second year of college while Abby was set to graduate from high school.
But everything changed when the family received tragic news.
Stephanie was diagnosed with stage four esophageal cancer. She prepared herself to fight the disease and go through treatment, but her kidneys were already failing.
On March 25, the doctors determined that Stephanie only had a week to live – but her daughter’s graduation was not until June.
When the principal of Powhatan High School, Mike Massa, heard the news, they planned to hold a special graduation ceremony in Stephanie’s hospital room.
Thanks to the school’s kind gesture, Stephanie got to see Abby in her graduation cap and gown. Her radiant smile showed just how proud she was of her daughter.
When Abby shared her graduation photos on Twitter in late March, she expressed her gratitude to the school for providing their family an unforgettable memory.
The next morning, Stephanie passed away.
“She was a great strong woman and every day I will strive to be half the women she was. Rest in peace mom, I love you,” Abby wrote.
We all mourn the loss of such a wonderful and beloved woman. And we’re all so thankful that the family got to celebrate this beautiful milestone together. Rest in peace, Stephanie.
If you wish to help the Bodsford family during this difficult time, you can visit their GoFundMe page and make a donation.