Acts of Kindness
Teen brings terminally ill grandma to prom so they can enjoy the special evening together
Neither Stephen nor his 92-year-old grandma had been to prom before. Together, they stole the limelight.
Irene Markianou
11.23.22

Ever since Stephen Vigil was born, one of the people who have been close to him was his beloved grandma.

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YouTube - WUSA9

He felt so close to her that he could share anything and discuss all kinds of topics with her. She was kind of a best friend to him.

“Since I was a baby, we’ve always been close,” he said.

“I’ve always felt I could go to her and talk to her about anything.”

So, when he and the rest of the family found out she had cancer, he just decided to spend as much time as he possibly could with her.

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YouTube - WUSA9

“In February she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer,” Vigil told WUSA9 at the time. “And the doctors only gave her six months.”

Given Julia Jarman’s, 92, condition, and the fact that she’d never attended her own school’s prom back in the day, Stephen knew that inviting her to his junior prom that year was just the right thing to do.

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YouTube - WUSA9

Jarman was already one of the most important people in his life, so getting the chance to have her by his side on that special night made perfect sense.

Indeed, Julia agreed to be her grandson’s date for prom and, after getting permission from the school principal, they prepared for their special night.

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YouTube - WUSA9 (Mike Amentler)

Julia chose a blue dress, which was matching her date’s vest and bow tie, and the two of them had the most beautiful photos taken that day.

Later on, when they entered the dance hall, the DJ played ” “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis Presley- per Vigil’s request- which was one of Julia’s favorite songs.

YouTube - Inside Edition (Stephen Vigil)
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YouTube - Inside Edition (Stephen Vigil)

The duo danced to the song, and the most heartwarming moment was when grandma and grandson were both singing along to the lyrics of the song while dancing.

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Unsplash - Fidel Fernando

Needless to say, the prom night was a huge success.

They both had a great time as they did something unusual together and had the opportunity to spend even more time together.

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Facebook - My High School Experience

“She had a ball,” Vigil said. “She said she had the best gift of her life that night – she had never been to a prom.”

The story made it to the local news at the time and people just loved it.

“Awesome, you are a true gentleman,” someone commented on YouTube.

Don’t the pair look so sweet in their photos?

Sadly, Julia Jarman did pass away in August 2017, six months after the diagnosis, just as her doctors had told the family.

And, although all of her family was heartbroken by her loss, the woman hopefully left this world happy, knowing that she had been loved and cared for as long as she lived.

She had a family that loved her dearly and she even got the chance to go to prom- even in her early 90s- with her best friend, her grandson.

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YouTube - WUSA9

Vigil, too, will surely cherish that special night he spent with his grandma for the rest of his life.

Watch the two talk about their experience in the video below!

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By Irene Markianou
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Irene Markianou is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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