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Teen with cancer who missed her prom surprised by best friends with charity prom night of her own

Written by Samantha Lade, Donr

Published on Friday, 13th July 2018

Teen with cancer who missed her prom surprised with prom night of her own by best friends

A teenager who missed her own prom whilst undergoing gruelling cancer treatment was left 'speechless' when her school friends surprised her with a charity prom night of her own, raising thousands of pounds for charity.

The special night, held earlier this year in March, was organised in support of Molly Harrison, aged 17 from Cannock. 

After having constant itching, breathlessness, night sweats, fatigue and a cough that would not go away, Molly received a shock diagnosis of stage four Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in July 2017.

Molly said: 'I just put it down to exam stress because I was studying for my GSCE's.

'After my last exam, my mum took me to the doctor. We assumed I might have asthma, I didn't really think about anything else. It never even crossed my mind it would ever be cancer.'

Following tests, a mass was found across Molly's chest that caused one of her lungs to collapse – which at its widest was 17cm.

After further tests and a biopsy at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, they received the devastating news that she had cancer.

Continued Molly: 'It was very surreal. I can't remember crying when they told me, I was just in shock. It was like an out of body experience, like watching a film about somebody else.'

Molly's first of five chemotherapy rounds started the day after her diagnosis – meaning she later spent her 17th birthday in hospital, and had to go back to hospital after picking up her GCSE results where she received 5 A*s, 2 As and 3 Bs.

Sadly, this also meant that Molly was to miss out on her prom night.

'You work so hard all year for your GCSEs and prom is a good way to celebrate. It was hard to see all the Instagram posts and Snapchat stories in my hospital bed – it upset me to see it all.'

Unbeknown to Molly, her best friends from school Harriet Murray (17), Caitlin Cooper (17), Bekky Dudley (17) and Joanna Antoszkiewicz (17) began organising a surprise prom for Molly and to raise vital funds and awareness for CLIC Sargent – a charity that helped her family through it all.

Harriet Murray said: 'My friends and I felt that it was important for Molly to have her own prom to celebrate how far Molly has come and all the individuals CLIC Sargent has helped; the amazing night and memories was just a bonus.'

Molly, taken aback with shock and saying that she had no idea of the plan, said: 'I was just speechless. I didn’t realise how many people knew or cared. Seeing everyone made me realise how amazing people are when they come together. 

'Everyone put aside any differences and danced all night together raising money for a great cause.'

The night was a huge success raising £2,472.32 for CLIC Sargent, the UK's leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families.

Molly adds: 'I had amazing support from the two CLIC Sargent social workers Orlando and Sam when I was on the Young Persons Unit.

'They really helped with the long periods of time me and my family spent on the hospital ward and always knew hot to make me and my sister laugh. They really understand how to help families deal with the pressures treatment can put on relationships and how to adapt to a new life in and out of hospital.'

Now the teen, who is now in remission, is delighted that her friends have given something back to thank the charity that helped her through it all.

For more information about CLIC Sargent you can visit their website.