Graduating high school is a special moment that many students want to share with their parents. That's why West Stanly High School in North Carolina held a graduation ceremony early for one student, Cameron Brown, so he could celebrate with his ailing father, Brian Brown.
Brian was reportedly diagnosed with nonalcoholic cirrhosis of the liver in 2011. In 2013, he was left paralyzed after he fell off a ladder while helping a neighbor. Recently, doctors reported that terminally ill Brian did not have long to live.
So West Stanly High School Principal Kim Page organized a special graduation ceremony for the family.
In less than a day, Page and her colleagues put together a graduation ceremony and made the family believe that they were attending a graduation practice.
Page explained to ABC News, "My secretary said, 'We've got the caps and gowns, let's do something for him.' Within less than 24 hours, we put together the program."
When the family arrived at the school, they were greeted by hundreds of people who showed up to see Brown graduate.
Cameron Brown's mom, Wendy Brown, said, "It was wonderful. Just to see how proud he was, was the biggest thing. Him and his daddy are very close."
At the ceremony, the high school senior thanked his parents and explained the special bond he shared with his dad. "I look at him as my Superman, so seeing him there to see me graduate meant everything for me," he told ABC News. "He really tried to make sure that I know that he's proud of me because that's something I've always worked for."
Sadly, Brown announced on Twitter that his dad passed away on March 8.
The high school quarterback is continuing to follow his dreams by attending Averett University in the fall, where he will pursue his education and football career.