Tenn. Teen With Terminal Cancer Heads to Prom on Ride Through Bucket List


One of the items on Katelyn's bucket list was to ride a motorcycle, so Brandon helped organize a motorcycle ride in her honor. On the day of the event, she was too weak to actually ride on one of the bikes, but she rolled down her car window and police escorted her car alongside the motorcycles.

When asked why she wanted to ride a motorcycle, Katelyn said that biker gangs bring people together.

"I love it," Katelyn said of the community support. "The community have always been such a great help and support for me and my family and it's just great."

She worries about helping her family through her death and wants to spend an individual day with each of her three siblings.

"They need it because it's pretty hard on them," she said of her two brothers and one sister. She doesn't know how much time she has left, but she knows it's not much.

"The doctors didn't give us a specific time. They just told her that time was valuable and it was very short," school nurse Shepherd said. "We're just praying that she stays with us as long as we can have her."

Best-friend Brandon said, "She doesn't let the fact that the doctors said she won't last very long bother her. She has an attitude that, 'I'm Katelyn. I'm bald, I'm beautiful and I will beat this.' And if she doesn't beat this, she has brought the community together and raised awareness."

Shepherd said Katelyn and those around her have decided that her last days, however many there are, will be happy ones.

"It's not anything to be down or downtrodden or depressing or discouraging. It's all about a celebration of life," she said. "That's what she wants it to be and that's what it's going to be. Nothing is sad. We're going to have a good time. She's excited about the prom. We've got a lot surprises in store for her."

"Cancer has not beaten her," Shepherd said. "She's still beating cancer, whether in this life or in the life to come. She'll tell you, 'I'll see you on the flip side.'"

Donations to Katelyn's bucket list fund can be made here.

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