Friends, family and local businesses came together to give a terminally-ill teen the prom she thought she would never have

By Kelli Bender
Updated February 04, 2014 01:45 PM
Credit: Kirk Neidermyer

Cancer has taken a toll on Amber Martin, but the teen’s friends made sure it didn’t take away her prom.

Martin had been looking forward to the cherished high school event since she met her boyfriend Austin Hunt in the summer of 2013. The 16-year-old even moved from her home in Lancaster, Penn., to attend high school with Hunt in Kansasa, Okla., according to Lancaster Online.

Shortly after the move and six years after Martin’s first bout with cancer, the teen’s astrocytoma, a type of brain cancer, came out of remission. The discovery rattled Martin’s new life, especially after losing her father to cancer three years earlier. She returned home for treatment and gave up on the prom she’d been anticipating for months.

Amber wanted to attend the prom with her new boyfriend, Austin, but unfortunately, her cancer is terminal, so that s not possible, said her mother, Angela Hurst, to Lancaster Online. So we made her wish known to some friends. We were hoping to do this very small and intimate, but with everyone getting involved and the donations we ve gotten, it has turned into the night of her dreams.

The initially small group of prom planners grew into a 200 person party committee dedicated to giving this cancer-stricken high schooler her simple wish.

The big night began with Hunt picking up his girlfriend in a lush party bus complete with police escort. The carriage chauffeured the couple to the event, where the bus doors opened to reveal the teen’s 200 friends dressed in purple and black – Martin’s favorite colors – lined up to greet the girl of the hour.

Beaming with excitement, Martin spent the night like any prom attendee should, dancing, snacking, singing and chatting. At the end of the evening, Hunt and Martin were called on stage, handed a bouquet of purple roses and crowned Prom King and Queen.

I love it, Martin told the crowd. I love my life. I love everyone. This is the best day of my life.

Photos provided by Kirk Neidermyer

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