Fifteen-year-old AJ Spader was about to go to his first high school formal dance, but when the date came he just had one girl in mind: his ten-year-old sister Rebekah. Rebekah suffers from a myelodysplastic syndrome, a condition that disrupts the production of blood cells in bone marrow.
Unfortunately, she is terminally ill. “She’s most likely not going to be able to experience high school. So, I just thought why not ask her to the formal,” AJ said.
“Rebeka and AJ have a close relationship and he has a really big heart,” said mom Stephanie, adding AJ wanted to “allow her to do something that she wouldn’t get to do. Sadly she won’t make It to her formal, but luckily she has an amazing brother. AJ and his friends even took her out for a big dinner after the formal.
“AJ and his friends embraced her and embraced the situation and didn’t blink twice that a little ten-year-old sister was going to hang out with them,” said Stephanie. “That for me was the most special thing.”