Hundreds help make cancer patient's dream come true

11:29 PM, Mar 26, 2013   |    comments
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More than a thousand people came together in two places Tuesday to help a teen battling terminal cancer fulfill her dream.

Katelyn Norman, 14, has a form of bone cancer.  She has been battling it for 2 years. 

Norman made it her goal to complete a bucket list. One of her priorities was to attend prom.

So, her family contacted Campbell County Schools.  In only a week, the school district planned an impromptu prom at The Stables in LaFollette. 

"She wanted a celebration of her life an that's what we're doing for her," said friend Sharon Brown.

But Katelyn could not attend the dance. Respiratory problems forced her to go to Children's Hospital around 3:30pm.

However, family friends say she was insistent the dance go on.

"It's just another sign that she's not giving up," said friend Brandon Huckaby.

He organized "Light the Night for Kate," a candlelight vigil that took place just after the dance in LaFollette.

Around 1,000 people parked their cars on Fincastle Road and US 63 to pray for her.

But the day wasn't over yet.

More than 100 people drove to Children's Hospital in Knoxville with escorts from several law enforcement agencies. They even brought a limo to drive by in her honor.

Supporters stood outside Katelyn's window, and some formed the shape of a heart.

Inside, Katelyn could hear them, She soon pointed out the window to acknowledge them.

Those inside her room even had a surprise for her too. They presented her with a "Prom Queen" sash, and Katelyn's prom date came dressed up and presented her with a corsage.

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