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Terminally ill father gets wish to see his son graduate

Alfred La' Cap surrounded by his family got to see his youngest son graduate. (Photo source: WLOX News) Alfred La' Cap surrounded by his family got to see his youngest son graduate. (Photo source: WLOX News)
LBHS put together an early graduation for Noah La'Cap so his father could watch. (Photo source: WLOX News) LBHS put together an early graduation for Noah La'Cap so his father could watch. (Photo source: WLOX News)
LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) -

It's been 68-year-old Alfred La'Cap's dream is to see his 17-year-old son Noah receive his diploma, but he wasn't expecting a road block that came in the form of a dire prognosis of prostate cancer.

Alfred knew he didn't have much time. 

"I guess he felt it maybe like three months ago that he's not gonna be here longer. So that morning my son left going to school, he told me that um he's trying to wait til May to see his son graduate, but it looks like he's not gonna make it," said Noah's mom, Sofia La'Cap. 

In an effort to fulfill Alfred's wish. Long Beach High School put on an early graduation for Noah and his family. 

"Considering the circumstances, I felt like if we can bring a little joy to a family, then we're happy to do that," said Principal Larry Ramsey.

The milestone hasn't been easy for Noah, who's had to watch his father's cancer progress. 

"It's been very difficult. There's been times where I couldn't focus on school because I was just thinking about him all the time, but I persevered because I'm supposed to graduate for him," said Noah La'Cap. 

"It was a wish and it was one of God's greatest blessings that he could have done for my father. This memory, it's not replaceable," said Noah's sister Sita La'Cap. 

Alfred will likely never see his son get married or start a family, but had the opportunity to watch his son take the first steps into his future. 

"I've been thinking about this for months now, about how I'm gonna face the fact that he's not gonna be there for all that," said Noah. "But then again, he'll be watching me from heaven. He'll see me. He'll be there for me."

Noah says his father always told him to be respectful and never give up. He plans to continue his education at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College to study nursing. 

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