Thanks To His Sister, This High Schooler With Leukemia Didn't Miss Out On A Major Milestone

"I just felt like he deserved to feel happy and loved."

On September 14, Blake Mounts, a high school senior, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a rare, high-risk form of cancer. Needing to stay in the hospital meant he would miss a classic high school milestone — his homecoming dance.  

That is, until his sister, Taylor Mounts, and his friends stepped in. "I just thought, 'Well, he can't leave this hospital, there's got to be something we could do.'" she told A Plus. "So I thought, 'Maybe just bring it there ...' " 

With the help of Blake's homecoming date, Kaitlin O' Connor, and their friend, Marylin Rice, Taylor made sure her brother would have a night he'd always remember. 

As the videos show, they made quite the entrance.

After surprising Blake with a special sign asking him to homecoming and helping him dress to impress, the high schoolers headed to another part of the hospital that they'd specially decorated for the occasion.

Courtesy of Taylor Mounts 
Courtesy of Taylor Mounts 
Blake and Taylor Mounts
Blake and Taylor Mounts Courtesy of Taylor Mounts 

"Blake is my big brother, but he's also my best friend," Taylor explained. "We have always been super close, and I just felt like he deserved to feel happy and loved. The photos and videos express the emotion — his smile in all the photos and just his reaction can bring tears to your eyes." 

For her, it was most important to create this special memory for him so Blake knew just how much his family and friends continue to love and support him. 

Courtesy of Taylor Mounts 
Courtesy of Taylor Mounts 

Since the group posted pictures and videos of the hospital homecoming to Twitter, they've received hundreds of thousands of likes and retweets.

Though Taylor and her family never expected any of the videos or pictures to go viral, she's grateful for the positive reactions. "Thank you all so much for all the prayers, love and support. My family is all going through a really hard time as this was all so sudden. We appreciate everyone coming in to see blake [sic] and us. We can't thank you enough for all the love and support," she wrote on Twitter, adding the hashtag #BlakeStrong. 

Blake also thanked everyone for their support with a lighthearted tweet of his own.

Blake's homecoming date, Kaitlin also announced a Go Fund Me campaign to help the Mounts family cover the costs of treatment, which has already raised more than $11,000 of its $25,000 goal. The family also plans to make and sell #BlakeStrong t-shirts to raise money, as well as awareness of his Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Taylor noted that everyone's kind words and contributions have "definitely helped a lot." 

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