GALVESTON, Texas (WLOX) - For Abby Bosarge and her family, every moment of each day is precious. The teenager should be enjoying the final weeks of her senior year with her friends and classmates on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Instead, the Pass Christian girl is in Texas, where she has been undergoing treatment for an aggressive cancer.
But that doesn’t mean her friends and classmates are not with her every step of the way.
This week, 28 students from Pass Christian High hopped on a bus with the school principal Boyd West, the district’s superintendent Dr. Carla Evers, a school counselor and some teachers and made the nearly seven hour drive to Galveston to surprise Abby with a graduation ceremony.
“Abby completed all graduation requirements in December, which allowed her and her family to concentrate on her journey,” Dr. Evers told WLOX News. “It became quite apparent that she did not want graduation for herself as much as she wanted it as a gift to her parents and family. The entire day was about her making sure that her friends, teachers, and coaches would be ok. What an awesome display of strength, courage, and love.”
Thanks to Make a Wish, Abby was able to stay with her parents at a waterfront house in the Texas beach town. With help from the school district, family and friends, the nonprofit also helped fulfill Abby’s wish to graduate with her friends.
“Even while attending senior night via FaceTime, Abby sent words of encouragement to her classmates when a scholarship in her honor was presented. She has drawn our entire coastal community together; let her life be a beacon for us all,” Evers said.
After the small graduation ceremony, which was held on the beach, Abby and her loved ones were treated to a professional drag show, a request made by the teen herself.
“We are thankful to our board and for the many donations and resource contributions that afforded this opportunity. This experience was a blessing that none of us will ever forget,” Evers said. “Thank you, Abby, for letting your Pirate spirit shine through! We love you!”
The Pass Christian teen was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia, an aggressive form cancer of the blood and bone marrow.
According to a post made by her mother on April 24: “Abby is deteriorating rapidly...We are determined to find some joy before the end... She’s in a lot of pain, having trouble breathing when she sleeps, suffering all symptoms of severe mucositis, and is retaining fluids badly. We will be unable to get her home to Mississippi without causing her extraordinary pain. We are going to try to get her to Galveston. She loved it there for her birthday. Please pray our trip goes smoothly & doesn’t cause her more suffering & that she is able to find peace.”