Over the past four months, 16-year-old Hillcrest High School Sophomore Angel Eaton has gone through what only about 200 people go through a year. Eaton has a rare bone cancer called Ewings Sarcoma.
"Right now, the tumor is situated on her left rib cage area," Kim Eaton, Angel's mom, said. "The doctor described it as like a smushed baseball."
Angel has gone through a few round of chemo. She doesn't like to talk about it much because she would rather focus on living her life.
"I enjoy the little things I guess," Angel said.
There is one thing Angel does talk about and that's being able to go to her upcoming prom. But Angel has surgery scheduled Friday.
"Which is two weeks before prom. And so the surgery is very intensive. There's going to be a long recovery period and so her doctor said that chances are if she gets to actually make. Its going to be possibly in a wheelchair," Kim Eaton said.
If you're in high school, going to prom is a big deal. So this past Saturday, Angel's family and friends surprised her with her very own prom.
"I felt like she needed to be able to dance at her prom," Ruth Ann Barger said. "She's my best friend so why not?"
Angel went to her "pre-prom" as she calls it with her boyfriend Brock. Everyone danced with night away and Angel was crowned "prom queen."
"It was pretty cool. I was surprised. But I wasn't surprised because I knew something was up," Angel added.
Angel's mom had a smile on her face the entire night.
"It was amazing to see her so happy. There's a saying that you hear a lot, especially on the Oncology floor and with some of the other mom's that I've gotten to meet, that people go through their entire lives without getting to meet their hero...I gave birth to my hero. She's my hero," Kim Eaton said.
You can follow Angel's progress on her Facebook page "Prayers for Angel."
Copyright 2014 WBRC. All rights reserved.
1720 Valley View Drive