An Ohio teenager who was suddenly diagnosed with leukemia just days before his senior homecoming dance received the ultimate surprise from his friends and family, who arranged to throw a special version of the event in the hospital – even hooking him up with his perfect date.
Blake Mounts, 17, from Hilliard, was devastated to learn that he was going to have to miss his senior homecoming dance because of his treatment for AML leukemia, a diagnosis which came as a total shock to his friends and family.
Determined to ensure that Blake would get the chance to celebrate his senior year, his sister Taylor and his closest school friends secretly transformed a hospital room into a festive dance floor complete with music, dance-worthy formal wear, colorful decorations, and even a banner that read ‘F**k Cancer Homecoming’.
Homecoming season! Blake Mounts, 17, was suddenly diagnosed with cancer two weeks ago and was set to miss his senior homecoming dance, until his friends brought the dance to him
Dream date: Blake was upset to miss a senior year milestone event until the girl he wanted to ask, Kaitlin O’Connor, surprised him with a proposal poster and asked him to be her date
Sweet as can be! His friends and family then decorated a hospital room and invited his 10 closest friends to bring his senior year homecoming right to him
The teen was in his hospital bed relaxing with his family when the unthinkable happened: his friend Kaitlin O’Connor, who happened to be the girl he wanted to invite as his date to the dance, entered his hospital room wearing a white formal frock and shocked him with a giant homecoming proposal poster.
‘I’m no Kekoa Crawford but I’d like to score a date with you to hoco?’ the poster read, referencing the University of Michigan’s star football player.
Family and friends filmed Kaitlin’s surprise proposal that displayed Blake’s shock to the surprise entrance.
‘Alright yeah. But we got to get there first,’ he playfully replied.
Then his sister Taylor, also donning a formal gown, handed him a white button down and tie and his eyes opened incredulously.
‘We’re doing it right now?’ he asked.
‘Right now!’ the various friends and family in the room responded. Blake speedily got up and went into a different room to change and exited as a dapper gentleman ready for a special night with his date.
The ‘F**k Cancer’ theme of the night fit the high school senior’s attitude perfectly, in fact earlier he was wearing a T-shirt that bore the same message. Draped upon the wall was a banner that included the playful and strong message, hilariously using little star shapes to spell the curse word.
Following was a memorable evening for Blake and his 10 closest friends, and his sister Taylor who helped planned it all couldn’t have been prouder.
‘My brother is a senior and had planned on asking a girl to homecoming, but because of chemo he couldn’t risk getting sick. I felt awful as nobody should ever have to miss out on the cool stuff of senior year,’ Taylor revealed to Daily Mail Online on her heartwarming idea.
Perfect proposal: Kaitlin (center) asked Blake to be her date with a poster that referenced one of his favorite football players from the University of Michigan, and he said yes to her
Man of the hour! Blake’s family brought a suit, tie and formal shoes for their sons big night
Squad goals: The hospital allowed 10 of Blake’s closest friends to celebrate with him, all in regal frocks and dapper button down shirts with ties
‘[The nurse] helped me get a room and told me I had to do it in under four days before he started to get super sick, so I got my best friend, who is also the girl he wanted to ask, and we planned a surprise homecoming for him,’ she added.
And Blake was overjoyed with his family’s sneaky surprise.
‘He had no clue but he was so happy the girl he wanted asked him. His reaction made us all so happy. Honestly it was so amazing to see my brother so happy for the first time since he’s been in the hospital and it was the first time he had been out of his bed since then,’ Taylor shared.
The nurse even detached him from his IV for the hours of the festivities and allowed him to let loose.
Kaitlin took to Twitter to share a series of photos of her formal night with her best friend.
‘He couldn’t come to homecoming so I brought homecoming to him,’ she captioned her images.
Sister Taylor also posted her own glamorous photos from the night.
‘So happy I got the chance to spend his senior homecoming with him. Seeing his smile and reaction made my heart so happy! Love ya bubby,’ she gushed.
Blake’s sudden cancer diagnosis took place on Thursday September 14 when he was walking into school and a concerned school police officer stopped him and sent him to the nurse’s office.
‘All summer my family had noticed he looked a little pale, we just thought, “Oh boy you need to go outside and get sun.” He’s felt perfectly fine this whole time,’ Taylor revealed.
But heeding the police officer’s advice for a doctor’s visit quickly changed everything.
‘While my family was eating dinner that same night the doctor called with the heartbreaking news that changed our entire life, Blake had AML leukemia cancer,’ she said.
Two peas in a pod: Taylor (right) describes Blake as her best friend and planned the evening for him after seeing his sadness over potentially missing his last homecoming dance
Sibling love! Taylor has stuck to her brother’s side through this difficult time and has even shared updates on his health on Twitter for concerned friends and family to keep up
Together forever: The two share a blanket on his hospital bed and show their close sibling bond
What followed was many more hospital visits and beginning rounds of chemotherapy.
The diagnosis left the family, including sister Taylor who takes to Twitter to regularly update family on friends on his health, utterly shell-shocked.
‘My brother is honestly my best friend, he takes me to school in the morning, always makes sure I’m okay and protects me from boys. I love him so much,’ Taylor said on the siblings’ close relationship.
‘We can’t thank you enough for all the love and support. We hope it doesn’t stop as these three days are only the beginning of this long road he has. For everyone wondering what is exactly going on – Blake was diagnosed with leukemia cancer on Thursday night,’ Taylor shared on Twitter on her brother’s fight.
She closed her message saying that the family would make #Blakestrong T-shirts to rally support for her brother battle.
Later on the family’s Gofundme page it was revealed that Blake has Acute Myeloid leukemia – a rare and high risk form of the disease.
‘Doctors said the treatment for this is very rough. Blake will be at the hospital for at least the next four months to receive two intense rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. These treatments are absolutely necessary for his health and but can be very pricey,’ the family wrote.
‘These times are very tough for many but with the love and support of others Blake WILL kick cancers butt. #BlakeStrong,’ the page adds.
In spite of Blake’s hospitalization his senior year, his friends refused to see him miss out on the milestone moments of his high school career and showered him with love and support to assure homecoming was a night he will never forget.