Cancer-Stricken Texas Teen, Lynzee Ford, Dies Days After High School Holds Special Graduation Ceremony

Lynzee Ford donned her cap and gown during a special graduation ceremony held in her honor on Oct. 20, 2014, by Kilgore High School in Texas days before she died of cancer.    KLTV SCREENSHOT
Lynzee Ford donned her cap and gown during a special graduation ceremony held in her honor on Oct. 20, 2014, by Kilgore High School in Texas days before she died of cancer.
KLTV SCREENSHOT

Lynzee Ford lost her battle to cancer late Thursday night, just days after her high school held a special ceremony for the teen.  Lynzee Ford, a senior at Kilgore High School in Texas, was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this year, and although she underwent several treatments, doctors recently told the teen that she had only four months to live.

“Well, I didn’t take it too hard, I didn’t want to stress myself out, so I decided to take it in and work with it,” Lynzee told KLTV in a Sept. 26 interview.

Her family and friends didn’t want the diagnosis to darken her days, so they sprang into action. In May, while Lynzee was recovering from treatment in a Dallas hospital, they all took a trip to visit and to stage a junior prom. School staff, friends and family decided that Lynzee shouldn’t miss graduation, either, so they moved the date up a few months early and held a special ceremony, just for Lynzee, where the teen received her diploma.

Last Monday, Kilgore’s gym was filled with Lynzee’s classmates, teachers, and even first responders and the mayor of her town to share the moment with Lynzee, according to KETK.

“Graduation is a rite of passage for every high school student. Just like prom, your first date, riding your bicycle,” Lyznee’s mother, Valerie Warren, told KETK. “I didn’t want Lynzee to miss out on anything.”

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