19-year-old Ilijah Barron is a senior at Liverpool High School in upstate New York. Two years ago, he was a normal student and even played on the varsity football time. But all of that changed when Ilijah started to notice a pain in his legs.
After multiple tests, doctors found a tumor in the young man’s leg. Ilijah was diagnosed with a bone cancer called osteosarcoma. His entire life changed. Before his diagnosis, Ilijah was planning on going to the annual senior prom.
Unfortunately, he found himself in the hospital two days before the ball. That’s when his mother came up with the idea to bring the dance to her son. Along with a group of classmates and hospital workers, Ilijah’s mother transformed the 11th floor of the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital into a beautiful dance.