When a group of high school seniors from New York learned that their classmate Ilijah Barron would be missing prom due to his ongoing battle with bone cancer, they were determined to make sure that he could experience the special day. Since Barron was unable to attend prom, the Liverpool High School students joined forces and organized a celebration for him at the hospital, Syracuse.com reported.
The 19-year-old was diagnosed with a bone cancer called osteosarcoma. This rare disease typically impacts the arm and leg bones. Prior to his diagnosis, Barron played on the varsity football team. Two years ago, he began experiencing severe pain in his legs. Initially many people thought the pain was a result of playing sports, but after several tests doctors discovered a tumor in one of his legs. He was diagnosed in February and has been in and out of the hospital ever since. Barron was planning on going to his senior ball but ended up in the hospital two days before the event.
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With the help of his mother Nelisha, his friends were able to organize a prom celebration for Barron at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. They all dressed up in gowns and suits and transformed the 11th floor of the hospital into the perfect backdrop for a prom celebration. The group listened to music and ate food from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. Barron was moved to tears by the effort made by his friends to make sure that he would be able to experience prom. “I loved it,” he told the news outlet. “It was the most special moment ever. Having everybody there, all my friends. And it was my first high school dance.”
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Barron is not letting cancer get in the way of what he wants to accomplish. He still supports his school’s football team and has continued to excel academically. “I never sat down and said, ‘Why me?’” he said in a statement, after being named a Young and Amazing award recipient. “There’s no point in that, because it was only going to hurt me in the long run. Staying mentally positive about it came easier.”
Black Twitter Is Split On Reparations After Contentious House Hearing
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A couple of things #HR40 hearing is reinforcing:— Greg Carr (@AfricanaCarr) June 19, 2019
1. The need to study the long #Reparations movement and it’s well-established objectives is greater now than ever;
2. Supporters of White American nationalism can find an American Negro to say anything they need them to.
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It's important to continue to have the conversion about #reparations This is one of my favorite speeches of the late Martin Luther King "...we are coming to get it check" #Juneteenth pic.twitter.com/sxKbjxncKP— Essence Of Today (@DarkQueenJ_) June 19, 2019
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I’m getting quite tired of hearing and seeing white people debate whether or not we need #Reparations. Don’t cut me a check. Make a world where I don’t get scared that my 15 year old brother will be shot for wearing a hoodie and sweatpants— Aniya (@AniyaBrown_) June 19, 2019
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Jim Crow, redlining, mass incarceration, lynchings that CONTINUED to take place AFTER emancipation, discrimination, exploitation. We were the NON-CONSENTING human testers before the rats. And after all of that (& more) you still ask why #reparations are owed. Are you kidding me?— Genevia Dede (@persevere_fit) June 19, 2019
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To all the white folks saying that they don’t owe anything....— Chester Davis, Jr 🇺🇸 (@CDjLive) June 19, 2019
Here’s the deal: you’ve been benefiting all this time from the foundational wealth created by slaves. America wouldn’t be the country it is today if it weren’t for slavery.
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this #ReparationsHearing is completely pointless and time wasting. What exactly are they studying? The only discussion should be on the dollar amount of the check.— QP (@IamQuidpro) June 19, 2019
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Is Burgess Owens the father of Candice Owens? He keeps saying Democratic Party uhhh Yes but fails to accept TODAYS (1964 - present) GOP policies and practices #reparationshearing— James Green (@SuccessMinded) June 19, 2019
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Reparations is a revolutionary act.— ghetto intellectual™ (@kzshabazz) June 19, 2019
You cant get reparations from a govt that is actively trying to destroy you and African people globally. What you are actually asking for is some modicum of relief and reform. Huey Newton might call it a "survival strategy." #ReparationsHearing
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#ReparationsHearing 😂😂😂— Brannu Sunyata (@BrannuSunyata) June 19, 2019
Y’all really gonna listen to people talk bullshit about OUR history as if they are qualified to speak on it? Nah. They didn’t ask to dehumanize us. They didn’t ask to steal this land.
I ain’t asking for freedom. I’m taking it. #FreedomOrDeath
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So many African Americans have done SO much with so little. Isn't it time? #reparationshearing— Anne C. Bailey Recent book: The Weeping Time (@annebailey63) June 19, 2019
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