High School Holds Early Graduation For Student Battling Terminal Illness

A community in Montgomery County got together to celebrate a special graduation ceremony for a 12th-grade student with terminal cancer.


The ceremony was just like any other High school graduation in June, as all the kids and teachers wore caps and gowns and the audience was buzzing and they had music.

But the thing which made this one different was the fact that only one student was graduating at Pottsgrove High School in Montgomery County, JaSaad Jamison.

“He’s a very happy guy, just through everything he goes through, he always has a smile on his face,” said his stepfather, Sadiki West.

Jamison has terminal brain cancer and cannot communicate. “You have to understand not only having the terminal illness on top of being autistic, number one it’s frustrating because he can’t explain fully how he wants to,” said West.

With things not looking promising for JaSaad, the family says they’re taking things one day at a time. But they were grateful for this day and said they would remember it forever.

“Love your children. Don’t sweat the small stuff, because you don’t know how long you have with them,” said West.

West’s words couldn’t be more apt, today it’s him, tomorrow it could be anybody. We should treasure and love our families and live like it’s the last day on earth with them, because we do not know what the future holds.


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